Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Photography challenge part 3: landscapes
Next up in the photography challenge: landscapes! I wanted to do landscapes because I was in the mountains in Colorado last week and it seemed the perfect opportunity! Unfortunately, most of the tips I found on landscape photography were underwhelming. Mostly I found suggestions for composition, which is definitely important, but isn't going to help me figure out how to use my new camera. Oh well. The best thing I found said to use a small aperture, which will give you the most depth of focus. My camera has an "aperture priority" setting, where you can set the aperture to whatever you want (I set it as small as possible), and then the camera selects the proper ISO and shutter speed. It worked much better than full auto and I definitely recommend trying it out if your camera has a similar setting.
I'm not completely blown away by these pictures. Landscape photography is hard, no doubt. I wish I had taken a whole bunch of pictures so I could stitch them together into one big image. Lauren from Introvert's Introduction just posted a video of her editing a picture in photoshop where she stitches many images together. It makes such a huge difference! This is definitely going to be next up in this little photography challenge series.