Landscape photography is one of the most enjoyable forms of photography both in the satisfaction you gain when you nail the perfect photo and from being outdoors in locations others often dream about. It’s also almost an exhilarating sport, when others are asleep landscape photographers are up and about crawling over the location they have selected after weeks of careful research. The first thing they do is get up and look for clouds and in which direction they are, then they head off to the elusive perfect location.

So how can you take a great landscape photograph without years of experience? So many people get caught up in aperture settings, ISO settings and shutter speed settings and either can’t work them out or steer well away from them because they just don’t have the time to understand them.

Well great news! To get halfway decent shots you only have to remember a few things.

This allows either more light to onto your sensor or less light depending on your setting. The lower the setting the more light you are letting through and the more background objects start to look out of focus. The higher the number the less light you are letting through and the more sharper your images become.

Hint No 1 – For your first landscape photography experiments use a setting of F11, set it at that and forget about it. When you get more familiar with your camera you can experiment with this when you feel confident.

This determines how sensitive your sensor is to light.

Hint No 2 – Set your ISO to ISO100 and again, leave it at that and forget about it.

Shutter Speed:
This determines how long your shutter is open for.

Hint No 3 – This is the only setting you’re going to play around with it’s the shutter speed. The faster the shutter speed the less light you let in and the slower the shutter speed the more light you let in. So if you set your shutter speed for 1/100th of a second and it’s too bright then speed up the shutter speed to 1/125th of a second or even higher until the image looks correctly exposed on your LCD screen.

If the image looks too dark and you are on 1/100th of a second then you’ll need to slow your shutter speed down to 1/80th of a second or slower until your image looks correctly exposed.

Is there more to it than that? Not really, great composition and learning to read the light comes with experience but at least you can now start to use your camera in manually mode to capture great landscape photos. Welcome to the club!