My camera settings are in 90% of all the cases the same! What is important?
The RAW file format is a native format that has a lot of potential when it comes to post processing. All the relevant data is stored and it enables more options when it comes to post processing than any other format. The downside is that a RAW file is like 10 times bigger than the JPG file – but storage is the only asset that is getting cheaper at the moment, so no big deal 😉
The higher the ISO is, the more (digital) noise I have in the photograph. So I try to keep this down at minimum whenever I take landscape photos.
The shutter speed indicates the time the sensor is exposed to the light. If I am not on a tripod I try not to go below a shutter speed of 1/60 of a second (wide angle lens).
The aperture controls how much light is let into the camera thru the lens. The smaller this hole is, the bigger is the number called F-Stop and of course the less light is being passed to the sensor. My camera is set up at A Mode – Aperture priority. This means, I control the light that is let thru by increasing or decreasing the value. The smaller the number, the more light is let in, and of course the shutter speed is depending in this. The more light let pass thru the lens, the lower the shutter speed is.
Depth of field
This is the amount of the photograph from close to far that is in focus, in other words, if you open up the aperture (low F-Stop), the background turns blurry…