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The Art, Science, and Craft of Great Landscape Photography by Glenn Randall

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FIGURE 6-1 Aspens below Mt. Jackson, the east fork of the Cimarron River and Uncompahgre Peak, San Juan Mountains, Colorado

6 The Perfect Exposure

Today’s digital cameras are basically computers with lenses attached. After spending all that money on the latest gee-whiz electronic gadget, you may be thinking, “Why do I need to learn all this technical stuff? Why not let the camera pick the right aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and white balance (whatever that is)? I’ll worry about the fun, creative stuff—choice of subject, composition, and timing—and let the camera handle the rest.”

Sometimes “auto-everything” will indeed give you exactly what you ...

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