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I post blogs on a weekly basis covering photography tips and related news as well as photos made by my clients (read client feedback) on my photography workshops and photography courses.

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100 Tips - Landscape - #04 Execution


“Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer, and often the supreme disappointment.” – Ansel Adams 

In this series of weekly blog posts I will share my top 10 tips broken down into 10 stages for better landscape shots. This will reveal my top 100 tips for landscape photography.  

If you can't wait the 10 weeks to read them all, or would prefer to have them in pocket handbook to refer to when in the field then you can purchase the Photography Made Easy Pocket Handbook for Landscape photography. 

Get the full Pocket Guide for Tips to Better Landscapes now at a special pre-launch price of £4.95

#04 Execution

Start Naked

  1. Reset camera settings
  2. Use a tripod
  3. Turn off image stabilisation
  4. Take a custom white balance
  5. Set camera to AV/A (aperture priority)
  6. Start with Aperture F11 but be prepared to change
  7. Focus one third into the scene or calculate hyper focal distance
  8. Remove all filters – let the lens be naked
  9. Use a cable release or 2sec self-timer and or mirror lock-up
  10. Take your test shot

Lens’ are at their sharpest without any filters or other glass in front of them, so start with a naked lens and only dress the lens (add filters) when required – use as few filters as possible rather than stacking too many together which will also cause vignetting.