How to take epic landscape photos on iPhone or Android (according to the pros)

Landscape photography is one of the most popular genres among keen snappers –after all, who doesn’t like taking a picture of a beautiful vista, especially on a day trip to the great outdoors?

But landscapes can also be one of photography’s most intimidating forms, guarded by tripod-wielding gatekeepers with bulging ND filter wallets. Fortunately, these days you don’t need lots of gear to take a cracking shot of a lovely view – your iPhone or Android phone is more than up to the job.

Since the best camera is the one you have with you, your smartphone will likely be there when the conditions suddenly present you with an unexpected opportunity. And luckily, landscapes are a relatively straightforward subject to tackle, since your subject doesn’t move, doesn’t generally change much, and is often bathed in interesting light.

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These days, many smartphones are equipped with multiple lenses, which are often perfect for landscape photography. You’ll probably find yourself using the standard lens most often, but an ultra-wide angle is fantastic for capturing even more of the scene. Meanwhile, telephoto lenses can be used to pick out details or abstracts in the landscape. All three lenses are the kind you’d find in a pro landscape photographer’s bag.