Charlie Waite is one of the world’s most celebrated landscape photographers and is also the founder of The Landscape Photographer of the Year, the photography competition celebrating the most beautiful images of Britain from that year.
This year the prize is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a special edition of its annual coffee table book showcasing the most amazing images from the past 10 years. The 2017 The Landscape Photographer of the Year prize is now open and closes for entries on 8th July 2017.
Here are some of Charlie’s top tips for taking the best outdoor photographs:
Silhouettes: Silhouetted subjects can work well photographically, but are tricky to get right. It is all about the shape. If you are using a human form, it is very important to observe your subject carefully before pressing the shutter. There needs to be space between the person’s body and their limbs for the shape to make sense, otherwise they will become a black blob that is visually hard to decipher.
Lighting: Some of the most amazing light for photography is found at the beginning and end of the day, as the sun rises above the horizon or sinks towards it. The colours become richer and you can experience what is known in photography as the golden hour. There’s a great app called The Photographer’s Ephemeris which will give you sunrise and sunset timings wherever you are.
The Landscape Photographer of the Year: 10 Year Special Edition (AA Publishing, £35) is out now.
Photo by Lukasz Warzecha.