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Needs help with landscapes

Discussion in 'Landscape Photography Forum' started by ApertureAl, Jun 18, 2018.

  1. ApertureAl

    ApertureAl Member

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    When try to photo landscapes I am really struggling, with cameras set up I don't wanna be using auto settings, I would like to use manual but every time I try on my display sky's are always blown out.
    And how do you focus for it. Any advise would be fantastic. Keep you tubing but people say different things and don't know what to do.
    i get to place then all things I look at and planed for are forgotten in a mist of why this and that happening
    Plz help
     
  2. Roger S

    Roger S Crazy Canuck Administrator

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    Start with having a look at this thread about Hyperfocal Distance. It explains your focusing very well.
     
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  3. Ramble Vision

    Ramble Vision Mountain Climber Super Moderator

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    when taking landscapes, the sky will always need less exposure than the land, so there needs to be some additional compensation. you can either invest in a filter system and use graduated filters, these will darken the top half of the frame to compensate for the additional light there. another technique is to take two individual exposures and blend them in Photoshop or similar.

    but to be fair if you are just learning about exposure I would tryand get that sussed out first before trying to do any of the above. practice on a scene or object that does not have a large difference in lighting. once you understand how to expose a simple image, it will be easier to understand whythe landscape insn't working and how to compensate.

    also if you try and do landscapes in twilight or overcast lighting much of the large dynamic range will be gone, which will make life easier. also dont shoot towardsthe sun.
     
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  4. Jason

    Jason Always on Premium Member

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    I would suggest learning to read, and use, the histogram. It’s invaluable for a quick check of exposure. Along similar lines, your camera may have a highlight warning that you can enable. Many people call them ‘blinkies’ as overexposed parts of the shot, if there are any, flash on the image preview/review.
     
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