Four Tips for Landscape Photography

These simple tips allow you to dramatically enhance your landscape photos.

  1. First of all you definitely need a good tripod to eliminate any camera shaking.

  2. Then it is important to lock up the mirror in your camera body. When it flips off it causes movement of the body. So you set in the menu Mirror Lock and then you press the shutter twice. The first time it lifts the mirror up and the next press actually makes the shot.

  3. Using lens filters outdoors cannot be underestimated. The sky is usually too bright and your digital camera's dynamic range covers only five stops. So you would either get a blown out sky or underexposed grass. That is why using a graduated neutral density filter comes to help. It is very dark in the upper half and very light in the lower part. It does a good job with darkening the sky and leaving the grass at the same luminosity level. Also if you shoot waterfalls and want to achieve real water falling effect you need to use longer shutter speed, about 1-3 sec. You cannot do that outdoors when there is a great deal of light. That is why you should use a neutral density filter (not graduated) which darkens the whole frame area evenly for 3 stops.

  4. And lastly it is advisable to get a remote trigger for your shutter release. It takes off any camera shake when you press the button. However you can set your camera to time delay mode (2 sec.)

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