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10 inspiring tips for high quality landscape photography via Antony Spencer

9/11/2013 ISO 1200 Magazine 0 Comments

In spite of his young age, Antony Spencer is already an award winning and well-respected landscape photographer. Based out of Devon UK, Antony often travels to Scandinavia to capture amazing photos of the Aurora Borealis or goes storm chasing in Tornado Alley in the USA.

In this video, Antony shares 10 of his best tips for high quality landscape photography.

"Whilst there is plenty of shooting advice out there today we are going to look at some classic tips and techniques as well as some less conventional techniques for making strong images."

TIP 1: Minimize camera shake

TIP 2: Composition

TIP 3: Camera accessories - 5 essential items

TIP 4: Perfect planning

TIP 5: Less is more

TIP 6: Future proof your image files

TIP 7: Use different camera platforms

TIP 8: Blending images - when necessary

TIP 9: Camera settings - get maximum image quality

TIP 10: Subject matters - go further and stand out


My name is Antony Spencer. I'm a landscape photographer and I've been photographing landscapes professionally for the last 4 years.

I've been fortunate enough to travel all over the world over the last few years and photographed some incredible things. Predominately, working in Scandinavia
photographing the Northern Lights.

I became a landscape photographer purely because I always had a fascination of the outside world, and the geology, exploring the coast line and rivers, and experimenting with movement.

I bought my first camera just to take photographs of my kids. After about two weeks of
taking photographs of the kids, I realized that I wanted to do something else and something more.

I won the most major landscape photography competition in the UK and that gave me a major kick-start in my career. I've got so many influences in the landscape genre which is so incredibly popular. Three of my top photographers would be people like Joe Cornish, David Ward, and Christian Fletcher.
The images they make are particularly strong and always captivate me and make me look at and analyze what I'm doing to try and keep up.

The worst shooting conditions I've ever been faced with was actually in the last few weeks. I was out in the Midwest of the USA photographing severe thunderstorms. Ultimately, the thunderstorms that came our way made my life very difficult indeed. We had 7 or 8 supercells all around us with tornadoes dropping out of the sky, huge baseball sized house stones, and ultimately, getting out alive became a priority rather than trying to make any images.

One of my favorite photographs from recent years would be an image from Iceland at a geo-thermal region right at the heart of Iceland.

I'd given myself ten days to go and take one image of this fabulous blue pool, and to turn up and have such tremendous light the first morning of the trip was incredible and to get that one image meant I had 9 days to go explore the rest of Iceland.

My favorite location is probably the Lofoten Islands on the Norwegian coast, especially in winter when it's a winter paradise, a wonderland where everything is covered in snow and ice. That's an area I really love to explore.

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