So You Want to do Landscape Photography?

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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.

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Play with these settings to find what exposure you like.
  5. 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).

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