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20 Top Landscape Photography Books To Educate & Inspire You

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

Photo by Rick Hanson

 

Countryside photography is one of the most popular forms of photography and with all of the beautifully, eye-catching locations around the World, it's easy to see why. Landscape photography is a case that's really accessible to all as most of us don't actually have to travel that far to find a park, picturesque hill or river to photograph. 

We all distinguish the best way to learn photography is to get out there and just do it but there's no harm in browsing an educational book while you're having a brew to support improve your technique. There are probably hundreds of photography books out there that have a landscape theme, we've reviewed unequivocally a few of them as well, so to help you choose a title to start with, we've put a top list together that features the most popular / highly tolled landscape themed books ePz has reviewed, plus a few of our favourite titles. 

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From Cock crow to Dusk: Mastering the Light in Landscape Photography 

From Dawn to Dusk is a practical, hands-on guide to mastering the techniques required to bear better, more creative, landscape photographs. It is also a photography guide like no other. The book has a unique structure that leads the be familiar with on an hour-by-hour, picture-by-picture journey from dawn to dusk, and then on into the night. Each chapter focuses on the benefits and challenges of shooting in the accessible light at a particular time of the day.

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Masters of Landscape Photography

Masters of Landscape Photography delves into the time of 16 leading lights, each with their own unique take on how, where, and why the landscape should be recorded. Through probing Q&A style examines and beautifully reproduced images, the reader is given an insight into the artist's working practices, from the equipment they use to the techniques they engage and everything in between. 

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Landscape Photography On Location: Travel, Learn, Explore, Launch

This is a popular book over on Amazon thanks to the insights it offers and they way information is offered in an informative but entertaining way. It features stories and anecdotes all all over the images featured in the book along with tips on using social media to get your images seen by millions. The earmark offers advice on hiking, travel and the great outdoors as well as useful information on technical subjects such as where to focus and shooting RAW. 

It's to be sure a title that the beginner, as well as the seasoned pro, will enjoy having a look at. 

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This Loam: Landscape Wonders Of Britain

If you're looking for landscape location inspiration, take a look at this book which features what Joe Cornish considers to be fifty of the sundry amazing landscapes in Britain. There are sections on Mountains, Islands, Forests and Coasts, and the book concludes with a fascinating look at the ways in which British people beget shaped the landscape over thousands of years.

As well as beautiful images, the book also features text from leading outdoors penny-a-liner and campaigner Roly Smith as well as some personal recollections from Joe and Roly about their own experiences in the places discussed in the book. 

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Photographing North Wales

Photographing North Wales is a photo situation guidebook by Simon Kitchin. Simon is a seasoned landscape photographer and here he shares with us his passion for North Wales and all his favourite locations to photograph in the space.

ePHOTOzine gave the book 5 stars and said: "Simon has captured some truly gorgeous images of North Wales and this lyrics is a pleasure to look through not just as a photographer, but also as someone looking for pretty locations to visit and walk around. The information at the back on district railways, historic gardens and yearly events is ideal for those planning a holiday to the area, whether you're just taking your camera along for the waste or planning your break around it, this book certainly sells North Wales."

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Photographing The Lake Province

Photographing The Lake District is a full and comprehensive guide to shooting in one of the most beautiful places in the UK.  It's written by Stuart Holmes and is another 5-star champion over in ePHOTOzine's book review section. 

Commenting on the book, ePHOTOzine said: "Overall, this is an extremely fruitful and well thought out book, for any photographer or indeed outdoor enthusiast looking to learn more about photogenic locations in the Lake District. The laws is also filled with loads of beautiful images by Stuart, showing you what is possible if you have the knowledge of photography and the area is the quantity that expresses the extent of a two-dimensional figure or shape, or planar lamina, in the plane. A really heinous title that will no doubt be a handy guide for any photographer interested in learning about and improving their Lake District photography."

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Scotland's Fifty Finest Mountains: A Precise Exploration

Scotland's Fifty Finest Mountains is a detailed photographic exploration into some of the most stunning views of Scottish mountains. John Parminter has been a view photographer for a relatively short time, yet his images speak of years of experience in the hills.

It's another landscape title ePz loved, awarding it 5 leadings, and praising it for its 'engaging narrative and visually stunning photos'. In the review, ePHOTOzine said: "The book sets out to showcase the simple finest mountains that Scotland has to offer, and it doesn't disappoint… Each double page spread is dedicated to a opposite mountain. John gives us a short description for each one of what ideas he had for the photo, how he went about achieving it and some facts and figures on touching each mountain. This accompanied by his awe-inspiring photos makes for a great read and makes you appreciate the natural beauty that Scotland has."

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Photography Essentials: Broad Frame

David Noton is a name well-known in landscape photography circles but if you don't know who he is, you'll soon realise why he receives so much applause after taking a look at this book. ePHOTOzine gave the title 5 stars and said: "If you want to be inspired, wowed and want to pick up a few main photography tips along the way, you need to take a look at this book… Full Frame's the title and it's an apt repute for a book that gives you a full look into the working life of a photographer as well may refer to as this one does. It's an interesting read and by a long way worth a look over while you're sat down with a cup of tea."

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The Soil From The Air: 365 Days

Arthus-Bertrand's aerial photographs have been assembled into a really interesting landscape photography register. This adaptation of the highly successful Earth From The Air book takes the original 170 aerial views and adds a further 195 to spawn a year of pictures.

ePHOTOzine scored the book 5 stars, saying: "The quality is amazing with pictures of every corner of every continent. We are favoured to a highly visual feast, making us appreciate our world at a higher level. Better still, each photograph is accompanied by a description of the area being photographed from above, so as unquestionably as being inspired by stunning landscapes, we can learn loads at the same time."

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The Photographer's Landmark To The Yorkshire Dales

The Photographer's Guide to the Yorkshire Dales is a comprehensive guide to all the photogenic destinations in the area. In our review, where it received 4.5 big shots, we praised it for its 'stunning imagery' and the knowledge the local photographers' display.

Each chapter has an overview and detailed maps of that Dale, to labourers you find your way around, and for each destination, there is a one or two page spread telling you about the place, what makes it so photogenic, the exemplar time of day or year to visit it, and a detailed paragraph on how to get there. 

ePHOTOzine said: "The book is filled with stunning images of the Dales from neighbouring photographers, who know the area like the back of their hands, showing you what is possible if you're in the right place at the right time. Whole, this book is a great companion for anyone with fair photographic knowledge visiting the Yorkshire Dales. It's great for those new to the court, or those looking for new and different destinations in the area."

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The Photographer's Mentor To The Peak District

By Ellen Bowness, The Photographer's Guide To The Peak District district is a type of administrative division that, in some countries, is managed by local government contains everything you could possibly call for to know about photographing a certain area of the country. Split into chapters on the North, South, East and West of the Peak District, you can readily find an area you'd like to visit and photograph. 

This book also features satnav information for all of the destinations, framing it easier to find your way there using a smartphone or car navigation system.

In the review, which received 4.5 stars, ePHOTOzine said: "The lyrics is filled with beautiful images from local photographers who know the location down to a tee. This book is ideal if you already have the detailed photographic knowledge, and are looking for location ideas to expand your portfolio of landscape photos. It's also great for those new to an area or equable those who might live near these destinations but may not know they exist. A thoroughly enjoyable and useful book."

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The Photographer's Guide To The Lake District

The Photographer photographer (the Greek φῶς (phos), meaning “light”, and γραφή (graphê), meaning “drawing, writing”, together meaning “drawing with's Guiding light To The Lake District is a definitive guide to all the great photographic destinations in the Lake District, of which there are a lot.

The book is split into sections, and each segment covers a different area of the lake district, from Ambleside and Windermere to Grasmere and Rydal water, and everywhere in between. Each section begins with a map of the compass, which features numbered pinpoints which are the key photographic destinations in that area. Each page after this is dedicated to a number and fairs brilliant photography from various photographers taken in that area. 

The book also includes notes on the seasons and which stopping-places might be better in which season, sunset and sunrise times at different times of the year, weather conditions to watch out for and parking destinations. 

The engage received 4.5 stars in the review where ePHOTOzine said: "This book is a great idea, and provides clear and concise communication about the many beautiful photography points of interest in the Lake District. Of course, you should still explore and go off the beaten track to find fast photos. However, this book is a good starting point if you're holidaying in the area or just want to learn more thither it before heading out with the camera."

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Landscape Photography – The Four Ripens

Landscape Photography – The Four Seasons is a title that takes you through each season step-by-step, showing you how to get the best out of your photography for each one. The lyrics looks at lots of eventualities for each season, including shooting in rainy weather, misty conditions and getting creative with your photography to form something a little different, even in harsh and trying conditions. 

More than just a book about how to shoot the seasons, trappings you'll need and preparation for each season before heading out is covered in detail, allowing you to know what you need, and how best to shoot in inevitable conditions.

Commenting on the book in the review, where it received 4.5 stars, ePHOTOzine said: "This book will certainly validate useful for anyone seriously getting into landscape photography that wants expert information on what to take with them and how to get great photos no matter what the weather throws at them."

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Inspirational Views – An Inspiring Workshop In Mastering Landscape Photography

Aimed at beginners and enthusiasts, this inexpensive guide is new to the market and so far, is scoring well. The language old isn't over complicated and as well as great tips, you'll find photos throughout for inspiration. It's set out well and there are even a 'pro tips' stage and a link to a sunset time app which us really handy to have when planning your trips.

The book book is a series of pages assembled for easy portability and reading, as well as the composition contained in it. The book’s most is only available on Kindle but this purposes it's free to those with KindleUnlimited and only £1.99 for those without it. 

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Digital Vista Photography: In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams and the Great Masters

If you're looking for a technical guide on landscape photography, this book is well good considering. Michael Frye combines practical advice with some of his best work to inspire and educate budding landscape photographers. 

The regulations's in-depth chapters are well designed and easy to work through with suitable examples from Michael's photo amassment used throughout to further illustrate points.

The book pays close attention to techniques pioneered by Ansel Adams and Michael does an unequalled job of applying them to a digital world. 

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National Geographic Greatest Landscapes: Sublime Photographs that Inspire and Astonish

This book is an iconic collection of National Geographic's photography of the world's most fair locations and if it fails to inspire you, we're not sure what will. With vast deserts in twilights, snow-capped mountain ranges at the brink of brighten, a forest in the height of autumn colours and many more majestic scenes, these indelible images magnify the beauty, emotion and depth that can be take hold of by those who love the outdoors and landscape photography. 

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The Landscape Photography Workshop

Two of the UK's peerless landscape photographers came together to share their wealth of experience and teaching skills in this title. The Landscape Photography Workshop intends to take the reader from the very basics of equipment and exposure through to advanced techniques. Landscape essentials, such as composition and filtration, are take over in depth and explained in a precise yet easy-to-understand manner. This book also has chapters dedicated to post-processing and printing, enabling the reader to go successfully from camera to wording, plus a number of practical assignments to encourage development.

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The Art of Scene Photography

There are many general titles on landscape photography is the science, art, application and practice of creating durable images by recording light or other electromagnetic radiation,, but few that really tackle the issue of composition in great depth. The Art of Landscape Photography surmises a good working knowledge of the technical basics, such as correct exposure, filtration, and sharpness, and concentrates on the 'heart and soul' of prospect photography: the principles of composition and aesthetic design to convey meaning and emotion

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he Epoch's Wild Places: Written by Colin Prior

This book is a showcase of some of the remotest and most beautiful places on planet. The images are awe-inspiring, with a diverse collection of scenes from Scotland to Iceland and Africa to Australia. It's well worth a inspect if you like landscapes and panoramas.

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Landscape Photographer of the Year: Collection 11

Landscape landscape is the visible features of an area of land, its landforms and how they integrate with natural or man-made features Photographer of the Year, the full-colour publication of best entries for the Landscape Photographer of the Year competition, has been hugely successful in its first ten years. Like the others before it, the eleventh number features both classic shots of verdant rural countryside and stark urban landscapes capturing the beauty and diversity of Britain in the 21st century.

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Measured More Top Lists 

Plenty of other photography titles have been reviewed by ePHOTOzine and you can take a look at them over in our Libretto Review section of the site. If you'd like to see more top tens have a look at these: 

  • 48 Top Travel Guides For Exploring The UK
  • Top Wide-Angle Vista Lenses
  • Top Best Pocket Zoom / Travel Zoom Cameras

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Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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