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Exposure Digital Field Guide by Alan Hess

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Chapter 8. Landscape and Nature Photography

A great many photographic subjects are available in nature, from mountains to deserts, forests to beaches and lakes, and just about any place in between. When planned correctly, photographing landscapes and nature is not the same frantic shooting that happens when photographing sports or events. To become great at landscape and nature photography, you have to slow down and really study your surroundings. Getting the best landscape images requires learning the best times to shoot and what modes to use, as well as what accessories will be most helpful. Also covered is special information on macro and panoramic photography.

Landscape and Nature Photography

Early morning light illuminates the fall colors. Taken at 1/20 second, f/11, ISO 200.

Exposure Considerations

When shooting landscapes and nature, the main exposure consideration is making sure that the whole scene is in acceptable focus. It is possible to shoot landscapes where areas are purposely left out of focus, but for this chapter, I am talking about the classic landscape, which is in focus throughout the entire image. Using the best possible light and choosing appropriate shooting modes can help you capture the depth of field that you need.

When to shoot

The best time to shoot landscapes is when you get the warmest light and the softest shadows. Photographers call these times the golden hours. In reality, you get two ...

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