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What Is a Landscape When Talking About Taking Photographs?

A ‘landscape’ is a specific type of photograph of the land and its surrounding natural features from a single viewpoint. Scenery is the subject of a landscape image. Landscape images are traditionally captured using wide angle lenses set for maximum depth of field, this gives an image a sense of scale. Tripods and long exposure techniques are often used when taking landscape photographs as the narrow apertures required to maximize sharpness and depth of field necessitate the use of long exposure times. Medium format and large format cameras are sometimes used when taking landscape photographs as their high image resolutions create extremely detailed pictures.

A beautiful snowy landscape.
Photo: Dan Carr