Tips for sharper landscape photos

How many times have you realised that your landscape photos were not as sharp as you had thought or seen on your camera display? Have you had to sharpen your landscape photos in your post-processing software? Here are some tips to avoid blurry images…

1. Use a tripod

Using a tripod is really recommended when taking landscape photos. Even if you can hold the camera really steady, you can get blurry images in low lights or with a small aperture. You can boost your ISO to compensate and to be able to use higher shutter speed, however it can lead to noisy images with loss of details. In low lights, for example in dawn or sunset, it’s virtually a must to use a tripod.

2. Turn off your VR/IS

Using a tripod, you’d better turn off your VR/IS (vibration reduction / image stabiliser), since it has an own vibration. When shooting from hands, it’s really useful, however in this case It’s totally useless and can lead to blurry images.

3. Use a remote control or self timer

Pressing the shutter button click here makes the camera shake a bit, so it’s recommended to use a remote control. If you don’t have any remote control, it’s a perfect solution using the self timer of your camera.

4. Choose the right aperture

As for zoom lenses, at the edges of the aperture range you won’t get as sharp image as somewhere in the midrange. For example, if the aperture range of the lens is between f/4 and f/22 then you can get evidently sharper photos on f/8 or f/11 than on f/4, f/16 or f/22.

5. Lock up the mirror

In the case of DSLRs, when the mirror is getting lockup, it makes your camera shake a bit. Using this function, you can avoid this and you can get really sharp pictures. It’s really important and by now, when I shoot landscapes with tripod, it’s always a standard setting. On my Nikon camera, it’s called “Exposure delay mode”.

Summary

With following these simple steps, noticeably sharper photos can be taken. I hope this article was useful and always remember these points before shooting landscapes.