Rarely does blind luck alone lead to captivating or evocative landscape photography. Snapshots of the landscape taken from a car window or the side of the trail seldom translate into images that stir the soul or the imagination. Planning, scouting, perfect timing and a little bit of luck, all contribute to getting consistent successes. The good news is that landscape photography doesn’t require any highly specialized equipment like wildlife or macro photography, for example. In fact, a camera body and a kit lens is more than enough to get started. The closest essential piece of equipment that is extra is a good, sturdy tripod. Landscape photography is often all about using small apertures and relatively long shutter speeds in low light, so stabilization is essential.