Top tips for…landscapes
1 Use a tripod
To squeeze maximum sharpness out of a kit lens, put the camera on a tripod and fire it using a cable release, the self timer or exposure-delay mode. If your camera offers Mirror Up (MUP) mode, use that too.
2 Go long
The long end of a kit zoom can help you isolate interesting parts of scene, exclude a boring sky or foreground, pick out patterns and textures, and more…
3 Find the sweet spot
For distant scenes you don’t need to worry too much about depth of field, so set an aperture of around f/8 rather than f/13 or f/16, as this will be closer to your lens’s sweet spot (see box on following page).