Fun Photography Project: Creating Jaw-Dropping Landscape Photography (with Camera Settings, Tips & Examples)

Kent DuFault
Kent DuFault

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Total Time: 4 Hours

Difficulty Level: Very Easy

Skill Points:

  • Basic composition
  • Spotting problems: crooked horizon, trashcans
  • Finding interesting light
  • Creating sharp photos

"Landscape photography allows you to slow down with your photography..."

Landscape photography allows you time to think through your process before clicking the shutter. In order to instill ‘visual excitement’, and a ‘story’, into landscape imaging, you have two primary tools: composition and light.

Key Lesson: Create your landscape images within 2 hours of sunrise or sunset. Watch out for manmade objects that will ruin the composition and mood. Focus on these tools of composition: leading lines, layering, focal point, and juxtaposition with an object of known size. Also, look for motion and reflections.

Equipment

CameraAny camera including a smartphone
Lens + Lens HoodAny lens, but typically you want a wide-angle to a moderate telephoto
TripodOptional (but highly suggested)
App softwarePhoto Pills
NotepadTake notes and be sure to record location Metadata on the camera

Tips

Shooting ModeM or A / Av
Shutter Speed1/60th or faster for wide-angle to normal lenses; 1/200th or faster for moderate telephoto lenses
Drive ModeSingle Shot
Aperturef/5.6 - f/16 depending on desired depth of field
White BalanceAWB / Auto
FormatRAW; JPG optional
MeteringMatrix / Evaluative
Focus pointsAll focus points
ISO200 (and adjust to facilitate shutter speed)

Sample Photographs

A. Winter scene: Watch out for man-made objects that destroy the composition (see red arrow).

B. Lake & mountains: Layering is a powerful tool to indicate depth perception.

C. Ducks & mountains: Reflections increase interest, objects of a known size create depth perception.

D. Desert: A focal point can help lead the eyes into the shot. It can also add story and mood.

E. Waterfall: Motion can add visual excitement to a static shot.

Action Assignment

1. Study the sample photographs:
A- Watch out for man-made objects that destroy the composition (see red arrow).
B- Layering is a powerful tool to indicate depth perception.
C- Reflections increase interest, objects of a known size create depth perception.
D- A focal point can help lead the eyes into the shot. It can also add story and mood.
E- Motion can add visual excitement to a static shot.

2. Self-assign a landscape location that you can return to.

3. Study your location for the recommended composition tips and setup your camera. Recommended: Use a tripod and include an object of known size.

4. Visit your location more than once. Use the Photo Pills app to help you predict where the Sun will be when you return.

How Did You Do?

  • Did you properly place the focus for the composition?
  • Is your image sharp and free of camera shake?
  • Did you compose using the tools in the Key Lesson?
  • Does your image convey the location with beauty & story?

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About Kent DuFault

About Kent DuFault

Kent DuFault became a photographer in September of 1974. He took a “Basic Photography” class in high school and was hooked for life. His best-selling product, The Printable Action Cards have helped thousands of photographers worldwide learn photography through a unique, project-based learning system.

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