Go the ex­tra mile

Wait longer, walk fur­ther, re­search harder… and learn how to take your land­scape pho­tos to the next level

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The UK’s top pro land­scape pho­tog­ra­phers share how to cap­ture gor­geous scenes

Re­ward­ing land­scape pho­tog­ra­phy isn’t al­ways a case of rock­ing up with a tri­pod at a lo­ca­tion and wait­ing for the golden hour. Some­times you have to work a bit harder. Of course, luck does play its part, whether it’s a fin­ger of light high­light­ing a hill or a shapely cloud drift­ing into just the right spot. But although it’s per­fectly pos­si­ble to get lucky, and be in the right place at the right time, the best land­scape images are more likely to come from hav­ing the nous to put your­self in the right place at the right time to get lucky – as well as learn­ing from the oc­ca­sional failed at­tempt at do­ing so.

Land­scape pho­tog­ra­phy can be fraught with frus­tra­tion; after all, you don’t have any con­trol over the weather. But the three ‘P’s – plan­ning, per­sis­tence and pa­tience – will im­prove your chances of com­ing home with a win­ner. Over the next 10 pages, we speak with the UK’s top land­scape pros to learn just what it takes to get the shots ev­ery­one wants to take. Maybe it’s an im­age they’ve al­ways had in their mind’s eye, but it’s taken years for the con­di­tions to come to­gether to make it a re­al­ity. Per­haps it’s a shot that they’ve spent days and weeks work­ing on. What­ever the fac­tors in­volved, they all went the ex­tra mile to get the shot they were after...

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