Greetings my excellent friends with Josh Cripps here. And in this video, I want to share with you five of my favorite, little quick camera tips and tricks that can help improve your landscape photography. We don’t get any time to waste, so let’s get into it. Let’s go!
We don’t have time for the intro. We’re going to do this thing as fast as possible. So I’m going to start the timer right now. We’re going to try to get through this in five minutes. No cuts, no edits, just frantic landscape photography, camera tricks, my favorites to help you improve your photography.
1)Exposure Delay Mode
So the first one I’m going to talk about is exposure, delay mode. And this is kind of like mirror up mode, except you don’t need a remote to do it. The camera does it automatically. It’s available on Nikons. I’m not actually sure about other camera brands. This is just a good reason for everybody to switch to an icon. Anyway, what it works is like this. So with the mirror delay mode or Mira boat, you hit a shutter button. Once the mirror comes up and that lets the vibrations from the camera die off and then you hit the button again and then it takes the picture.
So it removes any like hand pushing shake from your camera. What exposure delay mode is, is it takes out that second push. So you set a delay like up to three seconds. When you press the shutter button, the camera snaps the shutter up, it waits for three seconds. Then it takes a picture. So this is great. If you’re too lazy to carry a remote like me, or if you just don’t have one with you, but you still want the effects of that mirror up mode. So exposure delay use it. Don’t abuse it it’s awesome.
2)Back Button Focus
Okay, next one. We’re going to get into his back button focus. If you guys aren’t using back button focus, I 100% recommend setting it up. And this one, I know every single camera manufacturer does it. You’ll have to check how to do it with your brand, but you basically set it up so that this button back here is your focus and not your shutter button.
And this is incredibly important because a lot of times you want to be using, say like the central focal points in your, your camera. They’re the most accurate, they’re the fastest. But if you’re setting up a composition and you focus and then you re compose like this, and then you press the shutter button and that’s still where your focus is, your camera might change. Focus. If you’re set up a composition, you focused on a tree like this, and then you move a little bit and you focus in the middle of them inadvertently by pressing the shutter button. You don’t want that, right? You want your camera to focus once and to stick with that focus until you actively change it again. So by back button focusing, you can set that up. You focus on your subject. You can recomposed as much as you want. When you press the shutter button, the camera will not re focus. It’s fantastic for not screwing up your shots.
3)Live Preview Histogram
Okay? The next one I want to talk about is the exposure preview histogram. Almost every modern camera has this. Now it’s this little guy you can see right down here into display. And what that does is it shows you your exposure. Before you take a picture, it almost makes metering obsolete, because you can see exactly what your histogram, at least what the camera thinks the histogram is going to look like. And you always have to go back. And after you take the picture review the actual histogram, the playback histogram, but that live preview histogram is going to get you so close to a perfect exposure before you ever even tripped the shutter button. It’s incredible. Now I think this works best when you use it in tandem with the blinkies.
3a) The Blinkies (Highlight Warning)
So you want to go to your playback display options and turn on the highlight warning or whatever it’s called into your camera. The technical term definitely is the blinkies and that will just show any blown-out parts of your photograph. So, you know, whether your exposure is too bright in, on some cameras, you can also turn on a shadow clipping so that, you know, if your exposure is too dark. Now, here’s a really good question for you though. How do you know that this histogram is accurate? How do you know that it’s representing what the actual raw data is?
4) Neutral / Flat Picture Control
Well, the way that you do that is through what are called picture controls or picture style. Yeah. And for these, I highly recommend that you use the, the most neutral, the most flat one that you’ve got. So that’s going to be something like neutral or flat. Imagine that. Image that! Woah somehow little accents started to sneak in there to my voice. Anyway, what those picture controls do? So your camera records all this raw data, right?
And then depending on the picture control that you’ve applied, like landscape, vivid, portrait, et cetera, it’s going to add contrast saturation, sharpening to that image. And then it’s going to show you that transformed image that has those adjustments. That’s the image that you see when you press play on your camera. That’s also the histogram that the camera shows you. So how can you say that your rod or your histogram is accurate? If you’re actually looking at a modified version of the raw data, right? You’ve taken the raw data, you’ve added saturation contrast sharpening, and then it shows you the histogram for that. But what happens if you, if your photo is almost blown out, the raw data is almost blown out and then you have something like a landscape picture control that adds evan more contrast. It might stretch the histogram out. So the fact to the point that the highlights that the histogram is showing you are blown out, but they might not be blown out in the raw data.
It’s just that transformation. It’s just that adjustment that’s happening in the camera. So if we use the neutral or the flat picture control actually gives you the best idea of what the raw data actually is. And that’s fine because in the field, we’re not trying to actually take the best or the should say, we’re not trying to create the prettiest possible picture in the camera. What we’re trying to do is capture the best possible data and using that flat or neutral picture control gives you a more accurate idea of what that raw data is. Shoot.
5)Clean Your Image Sensor
Okay. Now the last one that I want to talk about is incredibly important to you guys. Don’t be a dummy like me and do things like before you go on some gigantic important photography trip, forget to clean your sensor, please. You guys clean your sensors, especially if you’re a mirrorless camera shooter, clean that thing all the time.
Every two weeks, every month at an absolute minimum, don’t be an idiot. Like I am and forget the cleanup for like six months at a time anyway. And if you’ve never done this yourself before, I know it’s intimidating, but it’s actually not that bad. It’s not that scary. Once you get into it, you just need a couple of tools. I recommend, you know, like this and a drill and you can’t forget the staple gun and no, I’m just kidding. Don’t need any of that stuff. What you need is a rocket blower. You need some swabs like this. You can order these on Amazon. I’ll put a link down below and he needs some sensor cleaning food. Like this stuff. You just put a couple of drops on this, not too much now, just the right amount. And then you put it at a 60-degree angle across your sensor.
I’m not gonna do it right now because I just cleaned it. And you just go swipe once, swipe back. That’s it. You’re done. Sensor is clean. It’s easy. It’s not that scary the scariest time, because the first time, but trust me, you guys clean your camera sensor, going to make your life so much better anyway, who were done? How do we do a six minutes? Crap. I didn’t make an under five, but I hope that you guys got a lot out of that. Anyway, those are five of my best, not five that’s 10. Those are five of my favorite camera, tips and tricks to improve your landscape photography. The guide enjoyed this video. I would love it. If you could subscribe to the channel like it, share with your friends, all that good stuff. It really helps me out a lot. And until next time have fun and happy shooting.