How to take breathtaking landscape photos

Living Landscapes a guide to stunning landscape photography. eBook available for purchase 25 July

Living Landscapes a guide to stunning landscape photography. eBook now on sale!

Sarah & I have been flat out working on last week’s launch of our landscape photography eBook – Living Landscapes, Your Guide to Stunning Landscape Photography in conjunction with Digital-Photography-School (dPS).

We wrote Living Landscapes as easy to read and accessible guide for aspiring landscape photographers – we even attempted to inject a little humour into the subject of photography (a world first, we believe).

We have been overwhelmed and humbled by the response to this book –  with thousands of copies sold in the first week!  Most importantly,  readers seem to be loving it – heres what they are saying:

“I got this eBook first thing this morning and have spent the rest of the day reading, dreaming and then taking an impromptu short road trip into the mountains outside of the town where I live to practice my landscape photography. I can’t thank you enough for the motivation and teaching to improve my work!” – Brenda Mason

“I love this eBook. It is so cool to learn from people like Todd. I can’t wait to use what I have learned today by reading it. I have so many new ideas!” – Gavin Banyard

“I think it was worth buying the book just for the laughs, nice going!  I like your approach of crafting first, it really makes sense to me.  So besides landscapes, I am getting deeper into the camera and trying things out.  Your shots are really inspirational – beautiful country, pity about your rugby team though…” – Colin Hancox (photographer and disgruntled Springboks supporter)

“Just did a quick read-through — so thorough and I love the projects.  Can’t wait for a good long night of reading and practicing! Thanks from California. …….”- Amy Stephenson

Save 33% on Living landscapes while it is on launch promo – it is ready for immediate download over at Digital-Photography-School right now.  Don’t dither though, this promo is for a very limited time.

If you have any queries feel free to contact us via the comments stream or over at our website enquiry page
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Landscape Photography eBook Cover | Moeraki Boulders at dawn


Long exposure image of Sunrise over the Moeraki Boulders, Otago New Zealand

Long exposure image of Sunrise over the Moeraki Boulders, Otago New Zealand

Crikey! It’s been a while…

I had actually forgotten that I have this blog, but I received some emails over the weekend that I have some new ‘followers’ (anyone who follows me is surely a misguided soul) so I thought I had better pony up some new content.  The plan was, by now, to have migrated our blogging to our new website.  The new website has now been in ‘development’ for so long that our developer fears that it is looking dated before it even launches!

Living Landscapes a guide to stunning landscape photography. eBook available for purchase 25 July

Living Landscapes a guide to stunning landscape photography. eBook available for purchase 25 July

This image is one of a series of images that I captured on a stunning morning at Moeraki.  It has been selected as the cover shot for our upcoming instructional ebook Living Landscapes which goes on  sale as of Thursday via Digital Photography School.  Living Landscapes reveals all of our artistic tips and tricks along with the essential technical considerations behind making great images.

I will keep you posted as to the purchasing details once they come to hand.

cheers – Todd

Lake Tekapo Lupin Workshop | Dates & Pricing Announcement

New Zealand Landscape Photos | Lupines & Sunset Sky

New Zealand Landscape Photography Workshop | Lake Tekapo New Zealand – This is the sort of vibrant lupin action that we will be chasing during our upcoming lupines photo workshops


I am super-duper stoked to be announcing the launch-eroo of our Lake Tekapo Lupines Landscape Photography Workshops  right slap-dap here on WordPress today (was that intro Ned Flanders enough for you?)

I have been planning this photo workshop for nearly a year now and after several long days of chasing my tail in the back-end of our website I now have dates, and pricing all loaded up and ready to go!

Lupines on the shores of Lake Alexandrina, near Lake Tekapo, McKenzie Country, South Island, New Zealand. Another one of our workshop locations.


I have chunked the workshop down into modules to ensure that there are price and time options that will suit all budgets – prices start from a very reasonable $275 NZ for a afternoon/evening workshop session.  Groups are limited to 4 or 5 students depending upon the session ensuring that you will get a huge amount of information out of a workshop session.

What are you waiting for? A TomKat reunion?, the next Greek bailout? no-scrub oven cleaner that actually works?  get on over to our website and

Book Now for a New Zealand Landscape Photography Workshops

My Wave – Looking For Creative Options When Photographing Nature

Abstract Wave Image Moeraki Beach, Otago New Zealand

Abstract Wave Image Moeraki Beach, Otago New Zealand


I don’t usually give away photo advice – nobody seems to ask for it – and I don’t know if I can articulate the advice that I want to give. Photography for me is a mindset combined with some craft – it is golf with a camera.

At the recent Queenstown Photowalk #qtphotowalk +Scott Kennedy remarked to me that if 25 people are pointing their cameras one way – he will be pointing his the other.

I consider this to be great creative advice, although I apply it metaphorically, rather than literally.

I think that there is a lot to be learned by shooting the really popular photographic scenes – they are a fantastic creative benchmark.

Once you find that you can shoot the big popular scenes as well as your photographic heroes have (euphemistically called emulation – it is actually copying) it is time to move on with your skill set.

After a while you will actually find yourself copying yourself – that gets quite de-motivating. That’s when it is time to :

  • Look within the scene
  • Look behind the scene
  • Twist the scene
  • Mess with the scene
  • Walk away from the scene
  • Find a new scene

The real lesson is to not follow the herd.

This image was made pre-Christmas. I was tired and on a sales trip and my day had ended at the incredibly photogenic Moeraki Boulders

I was feeling completely demotivated towards re-shooting the boulders so I drove 2 minutes down the road to another beach and spent an inspirational hour taking nothing but shots of dark waves and dark clouds. It was awesome.


Cheers – Todd

+Chase Jarvis writes fantastic posts on his blog about creativity – as most of you will be well aware. If not put him in your reading list.


How To Photograph Reflections in Nature – Part 1 – ‘Get Down & Dirty’

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How To Photograph Reflections in Nature – Part 1 – ‘Get Down & Dirty’ This is part one of a series of tips on how to make visually stunning photos of reflections in your nature photography.  It is a follow … Continue reading


The Power Of Reflection

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This is not another of my ‘psycho-babble’ photographic-mindset posts dedicated to the virtues of navel gazing and cosmic contemplation.  It is instead a quick discussion of the power of a reflection in landscape photography. The idea for this post came … Continue reading