We asked award winning landscape photographers Adam Burton and Lizzie Shepherd to share their tips on how to take that winning photo.

Fog obscures the summer sunrise at Clovelly in Devon, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Fog obscures the summer sunrise at Clovelly in Devon, England, United Kingdom

Adam Burton captures the UK’s rugged beauty in his amazing photos, recently publishing a stunning photographic book on the Brecon Beacons National Park. He thinks that patience and planning are the key to good landscape photography. “You need to understand the weather and know the area,” he says. “..or you’re going to run around like crazy when the light comes. But you also need to be flexible. I plan, but if it doesn’t work out I can adapt quite quickly – that’s my biggest skill.”

Misty morning on the shores of Derwent Water in autumn, Lake District National Park, Cumbria, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Misty morning on the shores of Derwent Water, Lake District National Park, Cumbria, England

He also recommends using a graduated neutral density filter – a filter that darkens the top of the image – to gain more detail in bright skies when photographing a landscape. However, he insists that this will not change a landscape, just picture it the way we see it with our eyes. Adam believes that photographers should not rely on Photoshop to change an image, but should capture everything in camera. “I want the natural look,” he says. “The most important thing is what you see.”

Lone figure skis across Rondane National Park, Norway, Scandinavia, Europe

Lone figure skis across Rondane National Park, Norway, Scandinavia

Specialist in classic, timeless landscapes, Yorkshire-based photographer Lizzie Shepherd spends much of her time capturing the UK’s remote and rugged scenery, as well as exploring destinations in Europe and beyond. Like Adam, she believes in respecting what you see, taking a naturalistic approach to colour: “There will always be a range of interpretations, as we all see colour differently,” she says. “But I’m always trying to be faithful to what I saw and felt.”

Some much needed rain falls in the distance at dusk in NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namib Desert, Namibia, Africa

Rain falls at dusk in NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namib Desert, Namibia, Africa

Lizzie recommends that budding young photographers should take an open-minded approach, and experiment in different areas. She also suggests they never write off anything. “Sometimes you’ll see some subject matter that is not immediately appealing but in the right light or with an abstract approach you can make something out of nothing,” she says. “I believe that if you look and think about what you want to show, you can succeed in most conditions.”

Sea arch at Flamborough Head, East Yorkshire, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Sea arch at Flamborough Head, East Yorkshire, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom

Read more about Adam Burton’s work here

Read more about Lizzie Shepherd’s work here

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