09. Landscape photography

Composition, light, shutter speeds and so much more are discussed in this chapter where Karl is joined by pro landscape photographer Nick Després to talk about all the basics that you need to know when it comes to Landscape. They also cover planning, camera choices and the use of Graduated Neutral Density filters, Neutral Density Filters and Polarizing and the roles that these can play in accentuating your Landscape photography.


  1. I shoot a lot of seascapes at sunrise or sunset and I haven’t done much with long exposures. These are fantastic. Could you tell what ISO was used here please? If it was said in the video I missed it. Thank you. Enjoying the videos.
    Take care,

    1. Hi Sharon, in nearly all situations you will want to be at a low ISO like the default of 100ISO on most cameras, with a low ISO you have the least noise and also the least sensitivity to light, which is exactly what you need for longer exposures as often the main problem with long exposures is getting too much light so we put neutral density filters on to compensate. Depending on the time of day you may still need to use an ND filter to get make the longer exposure possible.

  2. Very nice. I would appreciate it if you would share some non standard imformation. There are 5000 photographers on youtube saying this exact same thing. I signed up to learn some “tidbits” from a top tier photographer which you are. Thanks

    1. you want to have a small aperture so the shot is sharp all the way through or if you are shooting something in the foreground make sure that is the focus point, unless you are using it as occlusion, I guess it also depends on the shot and what you are trying to capture

  3. Yes, where do we focus?
    Also what metering is being used eg spot, centre or multi. Are these shots taken with focus on the foreground then recomposing?

    1. Karl is always in full manual and just takes an image, then adjusts the exposure to suit what he wants, the focus is on what you want the focus point to be in the shot, the example shots there need the rocks to be sharp in the foreground but it depends, most landscape shots are best with a small aperture at infinity focus so the shot is sharp throughout

  4. For shooting with polarisers, is there a noticeable difference or benefit when using a square-shaped vs round? Is it a photographers preference? I use the Lee 105mm rotating polariser and am curious of the differences.

    1. Hi Amie, It’s not actually the shape of the polariser that matters. This often confuses people because they hear the term ‘circular’ polariser or ‘linear’ polariser but this does not refer to the actual shape of the filter only to the way it polarises the light. Both do the same thing but a circular one doesn’t upset the autofocus or metering system of some cameras. However I’ve generally always used the linear type with no ill effect and I think the liner polarisers may be a little stronger in polarisation but I’d have to do a direct comparison test to confirm.

  5. Hi

    I’m just getting into landscape photography and have been looking at filters, although I appreciate that you get what you pay for I think the Lee system is out of my price range. What would be a comparative set up in say Cokin or Kood filters?

    With thanks


    1. Hi Jack, the main filters you need would be a couple of different strength ND grads, a polarizer and a plain ND filter. That would do most of what you need.

  6. Hi Master
    its a fantastic shoot.i really enjoy to see u at any location trying to shoot cause that just a great shoot can be

  7. Hi Karl !

    If the light is too bright on the bottom and on the top and you are using a graduated ND filter, the F is already 22 and you want to maintain 2 seconds, can you use a second filter, for example a simple ND filter ? Does the Lee-system support two filters at the same time ?


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