So there’s a few things you can do to help your landscapes. These are not hard and fast rules, just some of my tips for you.
- Get a good heavy tripod (the cheaper ones tend to move in the wind and can make blurry photos, especially with the longer shutter speeds I will describe later).
- Check your lighting, don’t shoot with really bright scenes in the lens (exception, making silhouettes at sunset or sunrise in which case #3 won’t help you hardly at all). Also shoot either earlier in the morning or later in the day when the sun isn’t as harsh.
- Set your camera to Aperture Priority, your f-stop to f/11 or so, and your ISO to 100-200 depending. This works very well to do things like smooth motion in a stream to give it that almost ethereal look. Something like the attached.
- Play with these settings to find what exposure you like.
- play with framing and try and pick a line in your scene you want to go across level, example the far bank in my attached photo. Also feel free to dm me if you have specific questions.
Note 1 ISO is the sensitivity to light, the higher the number the more “noise” you will introduce. Think of noise like the interference on rabbit ears on a tele, not near as pronounced depending on your camera gear.
Note 2 f-stop is the how wide open your shutter will go. Or essentially the ratio of how much light will hit the sensor. I will say something like “I’m shooting wide open” which means I have the camera set to the lowest number f/## that the lens supports (and this number is listed usually on the lens as it is what dictates your f-stop). By closing this (increasing the number) you can let the shutter sit open longer giving it that smooth appearance).