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A Panoramic View: Top Landscape Photography Apps and Tips for Avid Outdoor Camera Bugs

For many people, their smartphone is their camera. There have been many technological advancements created for smartphone cameras, but there are still many limitations when they are compared to the very powerful DSLR camera.

Fortunately, developers have created apps that can compensate for many of the smartphone camera’s impediments. Choosing the right app depends on your ultimate goal.

The Photographer’s Ephemeris (TPE)

TPE is one of the most exciting apps for people who prefer shooting in natural light and are lovers of landscape photography. You can enter your current location or a later destination.

This app can tell you the best time for shooting the selected location at sunrise, during the “golden” hours, or when the moon will rise over a hilltop, or provide any other specifics you need to obtain the perfect image at the optimal moment.

With the TPE app, you can take you smartphone photography to a professional level. There is a bit of a learning curve for some of the advanced features, but it is well worth the time when you see the results. TPE is an amazing photography app that anyone can afford.


Photographers are falling in love with VSCO Cam. Your smartphone photo results will improve dramatically and will look like professional-grade images. Remember the beautiful landscape photographs you took with your old 35mm film camera? You can achieve amazing “film-like” results with the many filters and effects supplied with this fascinating app.

The rugged coastline here is a mix of dramatic cliffs, and seaside villages just waiting to be explored.

Artistic results are easy to accomplish with VSCO Cam. You can capture beautiful landscape images using the many options provided. Choose from one of several presets that appear when you tap on an image in edit, which can be intensified to the level you prefer.

Many other traditional edits are also included, and you never have to worry about destroying one of your images. You can remove edits you don’t like even if you inadvertently saved it. VSCO Cam has most of the qualities required for high-quality photo-editing. You can also quickly post to your favourite social media sites to share with friends.


This highly popular photography app receives high marks from Sony Xperia users and is adept at capturing picturesque landscapes and gorgeous sunsets. With Instagram, you have total control with the execution and editing of your photographs. There are numerous tools and filters available to add creativity, mood, and enhancement to your images.

You can share your photographic accomplishments with other Instagram users, and post your images to Facebook, Twitter, or other popular social media sites you frequent. Many businesses are now using the Instagram app for product promotions and advertising campaigns on their social media pages.

Your smartphone is the camera that is always with you. You never know when a beautiful landscape will appear while you are driving, and you want to have the ability to capture the scene immediately. Using one of the apps specifically designed for your smartphone camera will allow you to photograph the full beauty of the moment.

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Megan is an Australian Journalist who has been travelling and blogging since 2007, with the main aim of inspiring others to embark on their own worldwide adventure. Her husband Mike is an American travel photographer, and together they have made the world their home.

Committed to bringing you the best in adventure travel from all around the globe, there is no mountain too high, and no fete too extreme! They haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on their list.

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Jamie Rowe is an amateur photographer who enjoys capturing the outdoors, from macro nature shots to majestic landscapes. His photography articles are published on photography blogs as well as lifestyle/hobby blogs.


  1. Hello Megan,
    Whether you’re pointing your camera at a distant mountain or a murky swamp, optimal camera settings remain basically the same, What are the best settings for landscape photography?

    • Hi Meredith, as landscapes will vary greatly there isn’t really a standard when it comes to optimal settings. For instance your lighting will vary greatly depending on the time of day you’re out, your subject matter will be greatly different, ie desert landscapes vs snow which is reflective, whether the landscape is moving ie if there’s a lot of wind affecting the focus.

      But go with the following as a basic guide to start with:

      Metering Mode: Evaluative

      Drive Mode: Single shot

      Shooting Mode: Aperture Priority

      Aperture: f/11 to f/16

      ISO Setting: 100 to 200

      Focus Mode: Single Shot

      Auto-Focus Point: Single auto-focus point

      Focal Length: 24mm to 35mm

      Image Stabilization: If your camera or lens has this option, enable it — especially if the shutter speed dips below 1/30 of a second

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