Landscape Photography Cheat Sheet

Landscape Photography cheat code
Image captured at Kuduremukha rain forest, Western Ghats, KA, India

Most of them have a DSLR camera these days, but its sad to know that they still use the auto mode without experimenting on any of the great features that are available in their camera. You might have seen many great Landscape shots, but before we get in there here are few things that you need to keep in mind for Landscape photography – The Landscape Photography Cheat Sheet. Why I call it as cheat sheet/code ? It is just because I remember using some cheat codes while playing computer games during my school days which was more of a shortcut to be more successful. So, it’s good to remember these cheat codes/sheet for Landscape photography to get some better output.

For Landscape Photography I would consider using a wide angle lens (In the above image I have used Nikon D600 with Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8 lens) as it covers more area, but note that wide angle lens will compress/scale down the image. Go for a higher aperture f22 so that you can keep everything in focus from foreground to background. Exposure mode is something that can be increased or decreased manually. Keep ISO as low as possible as there is no necessity to bump ISO (too much increase in ISO can bring in unwanted noise in the image). Always keep the shutter speed a bit higher than the focal length thereby avoiding any kind of camera shake. For example: if you are using a 50mm lens then see that the shutter is slightly higher than the reciprocal of this values, in this case 1/60 sec would be good (when you are not using tripod). And finally keep the metering mode to matrix.
Shivanasamudra Kaveri Falls, Karnataka, India

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Posted by Ravindra Joisa Photography on Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The one mentioned above are the settings that you can try for Landscape Photography. To get more dramatic images in landscape photography, try slower shutter speed to capture some cloud movement, of course with the help of tripod and filters.┬áNote that the values/settings that I have mentioned is an approx one and don’t always stick on to that. Consider these settings to be more like a reference values from where you can start and then experiment around these values. Give it a try and let me know if this Landscape Photography cheat sheet was useful. Follow me on social media to get more updates on photography tips.