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Photography is a huge topic. There are so many branches from portraits to fashion, from nature to wildlife, and our favorite, landscape photography. When you see those big, gorgeous landscape photos in your local museum or gallery, you might think it’s something you could never do yourself. Where do the professionals get their ideas? How do they know where to go or what to do in order to capture those amazing images? Even if you’re an experienced landscape photographer, you might be stuck for new ideas when it comes to places to shoot. Below you’ll find 3 ideas we love when it comes to the best places to discover new landscapes for your photographs.
You might think you have to go a long way to find a great spot for your photos and maybe you have. But your own city or parks or even an undiscovered wilderness that’s just a few hours drive away could harbor the subjects for your next landscape photo essay or for images suitable to be printed on canvas to hang on your wall.
You don’t have to travel as far as Africa or Australia (but you can) to go on a photo “safari.” There are experienced, even well-known who lead photography tours and seminars right here in the United States. Professionals like Jeff Clow, Richard Bernabe, or Ed Heaton are some of the best photo safari leaders and all of them lead trips in the United States. National Geographic also has some great photography tours, including one through Yellowstone National Park.
If you’re a Star Trek fan, then you’re familiar with the idea that Space is the “final frontier,” but dark sky photography of our own milky way galaxy might be something you never thought of trying. Plus, you don’t have to be an astronaut to try it and with the United State’s first official dark sky reserve outside of Boise, Idaho, you don’t have to travel outside of America to capture a breathtaking image of our night sky.
We hope our suggestions have given you some inspiration for your own landscape photography hobby. If you’re new to landscape photography or photography in general, there’s no need to feel intimidated. A local photography workshop or community college course is a good way to learn how to use your camera and how to take the best landscape photos with it. In addition, photography tours are typically designed for all levels of ability and you can even find a tour that’s specifically designed for beginners. A professional photographer guide will help you use your equipment and can even line up an excellent shot for you.
Now that we’ve given you our ideas, we want to hear from you. Have you tried a photo safari or been to a dark sky reserve to take pictures? Where do you like to take pictures?