Recommended Camera Settings For Shooting Landscape Photographs
Landscape Photography
Pixean
October 14, 2019

Every person has taken a cool landscape photograph at some point of time in his or her life. Landscapes remain the most commonly photographed subjects, the reason being that you notice it without any special effort and clicks can be taken while being relaxed. 

 

The most common question I face sometimes is what the aperture should be. And as per the only rule of photography, there is no rule.

 

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Here Are A Few Settings That I Can Recommend For Landscape Photography:

 

1. Aperture Setting:

 

While this isn’t the only important setting in landscape photography, this is one of the most sought after. Your aperture setting will depend on the location. 

 

For example, if the scene you are composing doesn’t have any object close to your camera, then you may get away with an aperture around f/8 – f/11. But if there is an object close to your lens, then to have a large depth of field you will have to minimize your aperture all the way down to f/22 perhaps.

 

2. It Is Not About Focusing:

 

Try creating enough depth in your frame. You do not have to focus on any particular object here. You may have the entire scene in your frame, but do not forget the rule of thirds. Or any other composition technique that will make your picture look well framed and professional.

 

You can also use some object in the foreground to create a good depth in the photograph.

 

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3. Shutter Speed:

 

This may vary with respect to your surroundings. So when you want to shoot a fast-moving object with sharpness and precision, then you can increase the shutter speed. For example, capturing a flying bird. 

 

And when you want to capture the trail of a fast-moving object, also called long exposure, then you can decrease the shutter speed. For example, the trail of fast moving water or even the starry sky.

 

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4. Lens:

 

As travel, landscape photographer, you must definitely have a wide angle lens with you all the time. This lens with a full-frame camera is going to help you capture wide and beautiful landscape photographs. 

 

This equipment combination will also give you a broader view and a better depth of field, while allowing more light to enter your lens and in that process provide numerous options to play with your shutter speed.

 

Know More About lenses here:

Selection of a lens for your camera

 

5. Polarizing Filters:

 

A polarizing filter is not really an internal camera setting, but this is something you can use and add externally to enhance the photographs you take. 

 

While this is not as important as the above-mentioned settings, you may use one of these. A polarizing filter brings out sharp contrasts that help in beautifying your image. It is one of the most instant and effortless ways of creating professional-level photographs, without even post-processing the photo.

Read More Here:

Why is a polarizing filter one of the most essential tools? How to use it?

 

6. Landscape Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Nature Only:

 

Well, landscapes are generally taken with nature as the main element in them, but that does not mean you have to completely avoid all the other things in the foreground. Try having people too in your frame. Use the rule of thirds to compose a well-balanced image.

 

There can be anything that you might use in the foreground, like a house, people, animals or anything that hurdles in the frame. You don’t need to worry about getting rid of it, instead try to use your composition techniques to use it in the photograph.

 

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7. Patience And Practice:

 

Sometimes, things might not go exactly like you want them to be. Sometimes, you will have to wait for the weather to change and get better. But you have to be patient. It will be your greatest virtue. And with practice, you will start getting superb shots on your own!

 

Conclusion:

 

At last, all you have to do it, see the landscape and enjoy it, allow your mind to be captivated by it and only then let your camera take control. The more you start feeling the beauty of the scenery in your mind, the more beautifully you will be able to capture it in your camera.

 

Hence passing on the same emotion to every other person who is going to see your photographs.

 

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