Landscape Photography Tips

Sunset Photography

  1. Make a first attempt – conditions will change rapidly so get a few shots done quickly using a wide angle lens
  2. Move back and zoom in – move away from your subject and use a zoom lens
  3. Play with light balance – change the setting from Auto to either Sunlight or Cloudy white balance setting
  4. Use picture controls – if you can (and have the post processing tools) shoot your images in RAW as you can change the white balance later
  5. Hide the sun – place the sun behind other objects as it may be too intense to photograph
  6. Shoot the sun – wait until it is near the horizon before you do this

Waterfalls

  1. Don’t be afraid of grey days – this allows for slower shutter speeds which you need to be able to blur the water
  2. Shoot after heavy rainfall – heavy rainfall means there will be more water cascading over the waterfall
  3. Go low with your ISO – it should be set to around 100 or 200 to allow your slow shutter speeds
  4. Shoot RAW not JPEG – set your camera to shoot in RAW format to ensure the best quality of images
  5. Three legs are better than 2 – make sure you take a tripod with you to sturdy your camera
  6. How slow? – Select the narrowest aperture of your lens (around f/22) and choose a shutter speed of around 1/4 secs
  7. Go even slower – if you have a ND filter you will be able to drop your shutter speed even more.

Garden Photography

  1. Narrow view – the longer the lens, the further away you stand the more flowers will be packed into the frame. This will allow you to choose which blooms are displayed in your image
  2. Pick a flower – choose just one flower to focus on and set the AF area mode to single point
  3. Get up to speed – keep your shutter speed fast to avoid camera shake and ensure that the flower is in focus and as sharp as possible
  4. Exposure compensation – use exposure compensation to brighten or darken the shot. With white flowers this should be around +1.0 EV. Dark backgrounds may be the opposite

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