Was Derek all set up to stay composed?
Derek was pretty confident with his settings, which meant he could concentrate 100% on composition
Derek always shoots in RAW – which is essential for landscapes when you want to tease out shadow and highlight detail – and sets his D800 to its native ISO of 200. He also shoots in aperture-priority mode, using exposure compensation as needed, and he knows to set a small aperture to get everything sharp from front to back. That just leaves the focus point, which he selects manually depending on what he wants to focus on. So with his camera all set up on his rock-solid Manfrotto tripod, he was ready to tackle the wide-open expanse of Win Green in Dorset.