Guest post by Joe Farace

Joe Farace Photography

I’m not a serious landscape or nature photographer but I do enjoy making these kinds of photographs for fun. And one of the guiding philosophies over at my own blog is to have fun with your photography.” Back in the Jurassic era, as a student at the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore, I developed a series of guiding principles―you can call’em suggestion if you like, on the “what” and “how” for photographing landscapes that I still follow today.

These four principles are not cast in concrete and are presented here only as guidelines for your own explorations in genre of landscape photography. Feel free to use’em or lose’em:

1. Photograph locally

2. Use a wide angle-of-view

3. Create the maximum depth-of-field

4. Saturate the colors

Let’s look at #1 today: While it may be a gross oversimplification to say that anybody can make a great photograph in Monument Valley the truth is that that the art of landscape photography often seems to get confused with the real estate business because of it’s emphasis on location, location, location.

Tip: Each weekday and some weekends―no matter the weather―I take a three-mile walk and usually take along a camera because I never what I may want to photograph. Using images captured during these walks, I produced a presentation called “Right in Your Own Backyard” that I present to various groups and people are always surprised what I can find within a short walk from my home. You can do it too; just give it a try.

A four hour drive may not be “local” to some people but that’s how long it takes to get to Aspen from where I live. The Maroon Bells in the Elk Mountains near Aspen Colorado consists of two peaks. South Maroon Peak (14,156 feet) and North Maroon Peak (14,014 feet) that are separated by about a third of a mile. This view is often cited as most-photographed spot in Colorado and that’s because it’s an easy one to make if the weather cooperates. You get off the shuttle bus and can walk up to the side of Maroon Lake and click! I was lucky to catch the effects of the first snow of the season and on my wife’s birthday.

Visit Joe Farace at his blog “Saving the World, One Pixel at a Time.” (

2 thoughts on “Getting Started in Landscape Photography

  1. Nice shot, well worth that drive! I remember the last long drive i took to a location, all i could think about the weather, even though it was pitch dark i was wishing any clouds away! In the end the sunrise was awesome, so it made the drive back no problem! thanks for sharing Joe.

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