T&P Tip# 9

Shooting Landscapes

Landscapes are beautiful scenes of nature that are pleasing to the eye. A landscape could be of a beautiful valley, beach, forest, snow clad mountain peaks, waterfall or even a garden or river with a beautiful city skyline in the backdrop. A common thread that binds it all is the fact that a landscape is a wide view and has a lot of things happening as compared to a portrait, product or food shot.

How do I shoot a landscape ?

First, you will need a landscape (obvious that). Based on what you choose to capture you will need to figure out an angle that suits you and the landscape best. Do not hesitate to innovate here !

Equipment: Camera with a wide angle lens and a tripod.  (18-55 mm kit lens will do)         Opitonal : ND filter.

  • While shooting a landscape, zoom out to capture most of what you see with your eyes. In case there is a specific object that is of interest focus on the object so that it comes out the sharpest.
  • While choosing the settings, choose an aperture value of f7 or higher (f9, f11, f16 etc). This reduces the aperture opening size to allow a small amount of light to pass through. The shutter speed will require to be lot lower than usual to compensate for the reduced amount of light entering the lens due to a smaller aperture.
  • Ideally for hand held shots the shutter speed should not go below 1/50th of a second. A shot taken at a shutter speed below 1/50th of a second turns out to be blur due to shakes caused by shaky hands or trigger squeeze.
  • If reducing the shutter speed to 1/50 produces dark shots, the best way to compensate for both aperture and shutter speed is raising the ISO. On a normal day my camera would be set at ISO 100 or 200. While shooting landscapes I would gladly bump it up to ISO 400.

Some Examples below: (hover your mouse over the images for shot details)

 

Shooting a Sunset :

Shooting sunsets is always an interesting thing. What helps making these shots attractive is the quality and quantity of light that is available during that time. The period 1-2 hours before sunset (or sunrise) is called “the golden hour”. The light and hue during that time is extremely conducive for photography. The only thing most photographers forget is that the light is steadily decreasing. The only way to get best shots of sunset is to flip ISO settings to Auto ISO.

Auto ISO ensures the best ISO settings are enabled to compensate light based on chosen Shutter Speed and Aperture.

Dreamy Sunset

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Happy Shooting !

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