Photography / Lighting

How to Take Great Landscape Photography Using your Smartphone

Capture your favourite landscapes with these tips and tricks.

Sun setting and reflecting on the ocean

From beautiful sunsets to golden deserts, mother nature offers some of the most stunning visuals. And until very recently, these visuals were captured only by professional landscape photographers. But thanks to smartphone technology, we now all have the opportunity to capture landscapes in all their glory. There’s an art to capturing the environment and it has never been easier with your personal smartphone.
Read on to discover a list of handy tips and tricks for making the most of mother nature with the Galaxy A9 and J6+.

The Samsung A9 smartphone with a photo of Chicago city on screen

Choose your landscape

It’s a big world out there filled with many landscapes, and you’ll probably have a favourite setting to snap in. Maybe you’re an adrenaline junkie? Mountainous ranges at the edge of the Earth might be your specialty. Or perhaps you enjoy staying grounded, practicing yoga and meditation in nature? Capture your peaceful green setting filled with flower beds and trees. Relaxing on the beach on holiday? Snap that perfect sunset shot with the beach and waves in the background. And with the A9’s quad camera, you’ll be fully equipped to make the most of your landscape. Use the Depth Camera – it works with the Main Camera to let you manually adjust the depth of field in your images. Or try the Ultra Wide Camera for those wide-screen environments. The A9’s quad camera will bring out the best of your photos, no matter where in the world you are.

Rear of the Samsung A9 smartphone with guide to camera types

Use the rule of thirds

The rule of thirds is an essential photography technique that will make your photos look dramatic and professional. Basically, you divide your image into sections using horizontal and vertical lines, and position the most important features of your photo at the meeting point of these lines. Once you’ve got this compositional technique nailed, your photos will be more balanced and focused. Decide what you’d like your picture to say, and direct the viewer’s gaze with the rule of thirds. The trick is deciding which part of your breathtaking landscape you’d like to focus on. Try taking different shots of the same scene and share them as a series on social media.

A digital camera viewfinder grid over a photo of snowy mountain peaks and a moody sky

Capture photos in black and white

Ever heard the saying ‘a picture paints a thousand words’? Colour obviously plays a big part in photography, but there are times when a picture can paint more words without colour. For those dramatic, grandiose landscapes, capturing it in black and white will do wonders for the image and the effect it leaves on the viewer. There’s something about black and white photography that stops us in our tracks and encourages us to pay attention to other compositional elements – such as form, texture and shading. If you want to give a grainy, historical feeling to your landscapes, try going colourless with black and white.

Landscape of misty mountain hills in black and white

Play with perspectives

Playing with perspectives is a fun and simple way to be creative with your photography. Don’t just limit yourself to the standard selfie or mid-chest shot; with a light and portable smartphone, you can capture landscapes from all angles. Crouch down for a low-angle shot to make the scenery look larger than life. Or, climb to great heights to capture a high-angle shot for those majestic wide-screen sceneries. Try mountains from a low angle to make them look dominant and powerful, or cityscape skylines from a high angle to show how far they stretch across the horizon.

"Crouch down for a low-angle shot to make the scenery look larger than life."

Tall modern skyscrapers over the grey sky. View from the ground

Shoot day and night

Landscapes look different depending on the time of day you decide to shoot them. From sunrise to sunset, a landscape will change time and time again. Luckily, the J6+ will make sure your landscapes are captured with total clarity, even in low light. It features a 13MP F1.9 aperture lens which adapts to different lighting conditions with ease. Shooting at night? The lens will pull in light for a bright and clear photo. For some fun, capture the same landscape at night and day and decide which one you like best.

Lomonosov Moscow State university. Day-to-night photo combination of two range photos, taken from same point.

Catpure your favourite landscape with the Galaxy A and J series

From mountains to beaches, capture stunning landscapes just like the professionals with the Galaxy A9 and J6+.

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Galaxy A9

Galaxy Note8

Galaxy J6+

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