Know that nothing is guaranteed
Another tip to understand is that nothing in landscape photography is ever guaranteed. Nature may be beautiful, but it is also unforgiving. It doesn’t care if you planned for months or even years to photograph a location. It doesn’t care about the effort it took to get there. Nature doesn’t like to play nice and you may leave a location empty-handed. Truth be told, it happens all the time.
With that said, if you go into every photoshoot in the field with a mindset and understanding that there could be a strong chance weather or other conditions could derail a shoot, it will help tremendously.
Landscape photography is not just rewarding because of the chance to experience and photograph the beauty of the planet. It’s rewarding because those incredible shots and conditions you hope and plan for aren’t guaranteed. That reality makes you always appreciate the moments and never take them for granted.
Expand from the wide-angle
The next tip is to expand from the traditional wide-angle perspective. While wide-angle lenses are essential for any landscape photographer’s kit, don’t ever let a lens limit what you can create.
Personally, I love to shoot landscape photography with a longer telephoto lens, like a 70-200mm or 100-400mm. A lens with a longer focal length allows for unique perspectives and lens effects not seen by the human eye. This could be spotting specific details in a landscape, a unique subject that stands out, or compressing a subject to create the effect that the background is closer than it really is.
Don’t just focus on your wide angle or ultrawide angle lenses. No matter if it’s a telephoto or a macro lens, you expand your possibilities, perspectives, and opportunities when you shoot with a variety of other lenses.