Landscape photography tips

Matt Bennett

Here are some very quick tips for those thinking about doing some scenic shooting this weekend.

Landscape tips
Landscape tips

Use a low ISO – Keep your ISO at its base sensitivity setting – usually ISO 100 – in order to capture images with an absolute minimum of noise.

Maximise depth of field – Use a small aperture such as f16 to produce sufficient depth of field to cover the complete scene. However, don’t automatically use the smallest aperture available, as this can limit optical quality.

Take a tripod with you – Remember that a tripod will be essential for steady shots when using a low ISO and small aperture value.

Watch your horizons – Don’t be careless with your composition when there’s a visible horizon in the scene, such as when shooting at coastal locations. Horizon lines such as this should always be perfectly straight.

Lock up your mirror – To combat mirror movement causing camera shake, select the mirror lock-up setting or use Live View mode.

Check your focus – Even when using a small aperture, you still need to be mindful of your focusing to ensure the best possible front-to-back sharpness. Some photographers swear by hyperfocal focusing, which requires you to focus on a very specific distance related to the aperture and focal length you’re using. Others focus around a third of the way into the scene while others focus just beyond the first object that they want to be completely sharp.

Pay attention to the sky – Generally speaking, there’s nothing worse than a sunny, clear day with a featureless blue sky. Interesting cloud formations are usually much more interesting and make for better landscape images.

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    • Dave Bosse

      And PLEASE observe the “rule of thirds” unless you have a compelling reason not to. Nothing more boring that splitting a photo in half with a horizon line or putting your main subject dead centered in the photo. AND YES, keep that horizon line straight!