• 3:30

    Once you’ve settled on a location for your landscape photography, it is time to refine your search for the perfect composition. Professional landscape and nature photographer Ian Plant teaches you how to hone your scene selection, using foreground and background effectively to create compelling landscape compositions. Ian takes you through his process of selecting a

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  • 1:37

    Professional landscape and nature photographer Ian Plant discusses the importance of weather and clouds for landscape photography. He talks about how the “magic hour” light of sunrise and sunset can interact powerfully with clouds to create dramatic landscape scenes, and how the soft light of twilight can be useful for making peaceful landscape shots. See

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  • 2:14

    Professional landscape and nature photographer Ian Plant discusses the virtues of getting up early for sunrise, and of giving yourself enough time to find a good composition and to work the progression of light as the sky brightens from dark to day. Even if the light doesn’t work, it pays to be on location each

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  • 2:31

    Professional landscape and nature photographer Ian Plant discusses the direction of light when doing landscape photography. Ian talks about front lighting and side lighting, and how side lighting can be useful for revealing texture in the landscape and the shape of landforms. He also discusses the importance of choosing a position that keeps your shadow

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  • 4:09

    Although midday light is typically not ideal for landscape photography, professional landscape and nature photographer Ian Plant shows you how to successfully photograph intimate landscape details during the times of the day when the light is not optimal for grander landscape scenes. Ian uses a mid-range zoom lens to photograph compositions of cracked mud in

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  • 5:30

    Sunset is a striking time for landscape photography. Professional landscape and nature photographer Ian Plant demonstrates using dramatic stormy clouds at sunset to make compelling landscape photos. Join him as he searches for interesting leading lines in the landscape to use as foreground elements to juxtapose against the colorful sky. See all videos in our

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  • 7:14

    Professional landscape and nature photographer Ian Plant discusses using a telephoto lens to exclude extraneous visual elements and simplify compositions, which he calls the “art of exclusion.” He also talks about using a wide-angle lens, which requires mastery of the “art of inclusion,” where the photographer must find a way to successfully work with more

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  • 1:45

    Professional landscape and nature photographer Ian Plant discusses how to deal with visually chaotic landscapes. He demonstrates how to use strong, bold, eye-catching “visual anchors” to create a sense of order in a composition. Ian searches for interesting landscape features to provide a logical starting point for the viewer’s visual journey throughout the photograph. See

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  • 8:59

    Join professional landscape and nature photographer Ian Plant as he photographs stormy clouds and lightning as a dramatic storm passes over the landscape of Badlands National Park. Ian demonstrates techniques for capturing lightning with your camera, and he discusses how storm clouds can help you create compelling landscape photos. After the storm has passed, Ian

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