Last week we kicked off our Professional Photographer to the Rescue series with a guide to music photography and how to work intelligently in a limited time frame. This week we turn to landscape photography, where our resident professional photographer saves a shoot by explaining how to tame wild landscapes with your camera.
Our Professional Photographer
Adam has been a full-time professional photographer since 2008 and is recognised as one of the UK’s leading landscape photographers. The author of four photography books, he has travelled five of the seven continents in pursuit of the perfect image, but specialises in the landscapes of the UK, particularly southwest England, where he runs regular photography workshops. See www.adamburtonphotography.com
David, 56, has been taking photos since the 1960s, but admits to being more of a snapper than a serious photographer. He retired from the police force last year after serving in the Met for 30 years, relocating from London to Bideford in the process. He wants to make the most of the beautiful Devon countryside around him, and improve his landscapes and seascapes.
Adam and David went to Exmoor National Park, one of England’s wildest landscapes. Before they set out Adam asked David to set up his DSLR as he normally would for landscapes, then suggested a few new settings.
Make it Manual
“David had been shooting in Aperture Priority mode, and while this is a good choice for everyday photography, when it comes to landscapes – where we’ll be shooting through various filters and working out our own exposures – Manual is a better choice. As a rule, it’s best to stick with ISO100 too – however, if it’s very windy with foliage blowing about, you can increase this to ISO200 or even 400, as modern sensors are extremely good at controlling noise.”
“David had been using the very narrowest aperture his lens offered – f/22 – to give the greatest depth of field for front-to-back sharpness in his landscapes. However, such narrow apertures lead to an optical anomaly called diffraction, which causes images to be less sharp as light rays are deflected as they hit the edges of the aperture blades. Most lenses are actually at their best optical quality at around f/8, but for landscapes that combine foreground interest and a distant horizon, f/16 offers the best compromise between lens sharpness and depth of field.”
PAGE 1: Meet our professional photographer & apprentice
PAGE 2: During the shoot – composing a forest scene
PAGE 3: Final tips from our professional photographer
PAGE 4: Our professional photographer’s recommended gear