An Overview of the Principles of Successful Landscape Photography

In this photography class you’ll learn from the professionals as Karl and fellow photographer Nick Després discuss and look through some of Nick’s award-winning landscape work to discover what makes a really eye-catching shot and just how much work goes into such great images.

Together they examine what makes an effective landscape image and different techniques you can use to capture great images. At the end of the class you’ll realise that composition and lighting are two key elements and that bad weather can often yield the very best results.

In this landscape photography class we cover the following:

  • Landscape photography: What makes a good landscape photograph
  • Tips for taking professional landscape images
  • How to compose landscape photos
  • Shutter speeds for landscape photography
  • Photographing in bad weather

If you have any questions about this photography class please post in the comment box below.

NOTE: This photography class is available with subtitles.


  1. I’m a new subscriber working my way through all of the available materials. Really enjoyed this conversation and the exploration of technique, both experts in their craft but so much to learn from the two different styles.

    1. Welcome aboard Ian, this is actually a much older class (as you’ll tell from my youthful appearance!) you may also enjoy some of our more recent landscape courses. All the best Karl.

  2. This episode was the best of the course.I loved every single second of it !

  3. Hi Karl,

    Most of the DSLRs offer minimum 30 sec shutter speed and i often heard that any particular image is taken at 60 sec or 90 sec or even more than that. My question is how can you achieve shutter speed more than 30 second when your camera accommodate only 30, hope that make sense.

    Best Regards

    1. Hi Abdul, most cameras have a long exposure setting either in ‘B’ Bulb mode or Manual mode that allows you to set the shutter speed to whatever you like.

  4. Karl, you are so inspiring, cant wait till the evening, to go to the beach and experiment what I learned from you.

  5. In shots like the final one shown in the gallery, or for any landscape photograph really, how would you set your focal point(s)? Would you go with an automatic or would you choose a set point? Perhaps I’m getting ahead of myself in these trainings but it’s something I struggle with in sports photography and could easily see this being something that would trip me up in landscape photography as well. Thank you in advance for your time!

    1. Hi Jamie, in Landscape photography I always focus manually on a key element of interest in the shot, we cover more on this in some specific Landscape modules in this website, I think they are in the Advanced Section but yes don’t get a head of yourself it is a good idea to progress and practise through the other modules first.

      1. Fantastic, thank you so much! I appreciate the quick response and will continue moving through the modules as suggested 🙂

  6. Thank you! This entire series has been very informative. Great shots at the end by Nick and yourself.


  7. Easily the best photography interview I’ve ever seen. All the right questions were asked to get the answers of most use to the viewer. Brilliant images, that have answered my question about whether to get more lenses etc for my medium format (645) or get a 4×5. I still have too much to learn before getting a LF camera and need to fully learn my Bronica first.

  8. Loved this video. Better than last. Nice to get insight. Thanls

    Please do more landcape bw amd color
    Good job.

  9. explaining the technics are really appreciable, I personally like Karl Taylor work and working style very much and that is the reason I joined this program more over it is a great help towards the industry
    Thank you so mych

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