Tips and tricks for mountain photography

Capture mountain experiences in really good pictures. Here are a few tips and tricks from the professional. Photographer Bernd Ritschel has been one of the most renowned alpine photographers for years. In addition to advertising photos, illustrated books and tour photos, Ritschel also passes on his specialist knowledge in courses.

Mountain Photography Tips Trick

You don’t have to travel far to experience glittering mountain lakes, beautiful mountain landscapes or breathtaking waterfalls. In the alpine terrain we experience unique moments that every mountaineer would like to capture. There is certainly no lack of variety: our native Alps offer a wide range of suitable motifs! Check out the pictures at for ideas.

Photographing meadows, woods, streams and the gentle landscape of the Bavarian Alps in the morning light – this is where every photographer’s heart opens. Mountain photography is a special and fascinating kind of photography. The open-air environment demands not only alpine equipment, but also physical fitness. Whether classic mountain landscapes or close-ups of rare flowers, whether alpine sports or extreme conditions such as cold and storms – the photographer must understand his tools and have the right equipment. Then everything is possible, from classic mountain photography to dynamic photos and expressive close-ups.

There are no limits to your creativity!

Search for diagonals – Look for diagonals when choosing your motif – they are easy to use and have a strong effect. Diagonals give a photograph a certain dynamism. Distinctive lines such as mountain slopes, paths, banks, water lines or rock structures also create tension.

Light and shadow

For a good photo it is worth getting up early. Evening and morning mood is the best time for multi-faceted landscape shots and varied colour games. The photos get more depth and convey the unique alpine atmosphere.

Out of the middle

Position the main motif of your photo not in the middle, but at the edge of the picture (at approx. one third of the photo). Thus the photograph gets directly more tension and more movement. Divide the picture mentally into two vertical and two horizontal lines. This results in four points of intersection – the so-called “golden section”. The most important motive should lie on one or more of these points, then the photo appears much more alive. Visit a museum to get a better idea.

Closer! – Reduce the motif to the essentials

  1. For example, when climbing, hold directly onto your hands. Too many elements in a photo disturb the central motif and distract the viewer unnecessarily. Choose your point of view and detail carefully.
  2. Also handle your motifs in a playful way. Get more tips from professional Bernd Ritschel.
  3. The passionate extreme mountaineer and enthusiastic mountain, landscape and outdoor photographer has been travelling the mountains and countries of all continents with his camera for over 15 years.
  4. Whether peaks over seven thousand meters, the winterly Arctic or tropical mountains in the rainforest – Bernd Ritschel has already photographed countless mountain motifs.
  5. Today he is one of the most renowned mountain photographers in the Alpine region.

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