This week, I am going to spend each day with professionals that know how to get the best landscape photos. This is the time of year when we take a lot of landscape or scenery photos. There are some wonderful tips on how to do that, and I will have a special article each day this week on just how to get the best landscape photos.
Let’s start with one of my favorite ways to learn, and that is with a video. This video was brought to me through Picture/Correct and the author, Sunny Shrestha had an opportunity to pick up this amazing video tutorial from Mads Peter Iverson. So, check this out:
Understanding the exposure triangle is key in determining the settings for your images. Spend some time studying how the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO affect your image. This will come in handy for all the photographs that you’ll take throughout your life.
“The point is to find the optimal balance between the shutter speed, the aperture, and the ISO in relation to the scene.”
Iversen’s idea is to start with the base ISO setting as a lower ISO produces cleaner images. This is important if you plan to have a full-blown print of your images. Aperture controls how much of the scene is in focus and determines sharpness. Lenses usually perform best in between f/8-f/11. But depending on how much depth of field you require, you may even need the aperture to be around f/16. And as for shutter, you have the liberty to adjust it based on ISO and aperture. But, in cases where you want to use slower shutter speed to capture a more blurred motion, you’ll need to adjust the ISO and aperture accordingly.
At the end of the day, it’s all about getting good looking images. Settings hardly matter. What matters most is how your images come out, what story they tell, and if they inspire anyone. All of this can be ensured by paying greater attention to your composition and having a better presence of mind. So don’t worry if you get your settings wrong. There are more important things that you need to learn.
Here are some more exciting landscape photos that show what our instructor was just talking about: