My 3 Best Tips For Abstract Desert Landscape Photography

Before you check out the article below, make sure to watch my latest desert landscape photography vlog for tons of helpful advice. In this video I do a demonstration on how to use a wide angle lens, picking out different foreground elements. I also share some tips for creating intimate abstract landscape photography.


The American Southwest is an enchanting realm brimming with extraordinary shapes, mesmerizing textures, and captivating patterns. Amidst a symphony of vibrant colors and diverse textures, capturing the essence of such a place can initially feel overwhelming. However, fear not! Here are some practical techniques that will help you find serenity amidst the chaos and emerge with stunning imagery.

Tip 1: Slow Down


When confronted with overwhelming landscapes, it’s all too common to hastily move from one spot to another, overwhelmed by the chaos. However, this hurried approach often leads to a realization at the end of the shoot – that nothing truly meaningful was captured. To avoid this, it’s crucial to take a deep breath and fully immerse yourself in the environment before picking up your camera. For instance, if you come across a rock wall adorned with intricate patterns, resist the urge to immediately start composing shots. Instead, take a moment to simply gaze at it, appreciating the details before you.

This tip might seem obvious or even strange, but it’s worth mentioning. As it’s one that I constantly need to remind myself of. It’s during these contemplative moments that I’ve found some of my best images. By experiencing the scene firsthand, without the barrier of a viewfinder, a genuine connection forms between you and the landscape. Once you’ve absorbed the colors and shapes with your own eyes, only then should you bring out your camera and explore how to translate that visual experience into compelling photographs.

Texture aerial abstract photography taken in the Southwest
aerial photography taken in the Southwest

Tip 2: Work Your Way In


One effective technique I often employ to capture intimate details and abstracts is to gradually immerse myself into the scene. I start by taking a wide angle shot of the landscape, encompassing the entire environment. From there, I carefully assess the elements within the frame, searching for those that truly intrigue me. Is there a particular detail that can tell a more compelling story? If not, I may choose to continue with the wide perspective while refining the foreground composition.

However, more often than not, I find captivating details, such as intriguing textures or unique arrangements of shapes, that pique my interest. In such cases, I zoom in and isolate those areas to emphasize the intricate details and capture them in their full glory. If you are not quite sure how to use a wide angle lens for dramatic landscape photography, make sure to check out my video above for some demonstrations.

minimalist landscape photography
minimalist desert photography.
Strange abstract aerial desert photography
Abstract aerial photography taken in the desert.
minimalist photography taken from above
minimalist aerial photography taken from a drone.

Desert Landscape Photography

Tip 3: Unleash Your Imagination 


Rather than seeing the landscape as merely a collection of rocks and patterns, let your creativity soar. Challenge yourself to see beyond the obvious and explore different narratives within the scene. Imagine you’re in a different world or on another planet. Look for hidden shapes or figures, as if you were deciphering clouds in the sky. Let your imagination run wild and seek out unique stories that these formations can tell. By infusing your images with imaginative elements, you’ll add a touch of uniqueness and excitement to your photography.

Remember, while technical aspects like composition principles and leading lines are important, the ultimate goal is to tell a compelling story through your images. Express your creativity, have fun, and let your photographs reflect the emotions and experiences you had while immersed in the breathtaking landscapes of the American Southwest.

Remember, just like with any adventure, step out into the world, immerse yourself in the experience, and allow your creativity to flow freely. Get out there, have a bit of fun, and let your unique perspective shine through in your photographs!


texture abstract photography
texture abstract desert photography
intimate landscape photography taken in the Arizona Desert
intimate desert landscape photography taken in the Arizona Desert
Abstract aerial drone desert photography taken in Arizona.
Aerial desert photography taken in Arizona.

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