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Gorge in the Pilbara. Picture: Stephen Scourfield



Of course, landscape photography is all about composition. Go in close for detail, try the camera on its side to get a vertical shot (a sliver of land and sky), try including a lot of sky in a shot. Look around the edges of the frame, then look at the detail within it. Is it all just as you want it? Right — then press the button. Make it a considered and creative process and moment.


Take control of the shutter speed — if you slow it down (perhaps 1/8th of a second), the waving grass in the foreground will end up blurred, to give a dreamlike quality, or the waterfall will be blurred. If you use a fast shutter speed, the birds bursting from a tree will be sharp.


The first and last hours of the day are great for photography, of course. Get up early and get in position for that first burst of light. Don’t pack up and vanish once the sun sets below the horizon — often the light after sunset is fantastic; full of colour.

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