Christian says… Initially, Steven’s shots were a little blurry, and to me it looked like camera shake, but his D810 was on a tripod, so it wasn’t that. It turned out to be the movement of Steven’s hand pressing the shutter release button. To prevent this I suggested setting the self-timer to 2 seconds, so Steven could take his hand away before his camera took the shot.
Christian says… Steven’s Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 was ideal for shooting in the very challenging weather; its versatile focal length range meant he could shoot wide or crop in without having to change lenses (and risk exposing his D810’s sensor to the elements). Plus it’s pin-sharp, especially at the mid-range apertures that are typically used for landscapes.
Christian says… Steven’s approach to shooting was quite methodical, but instead of shooting through the viewfinder, I urged him to engage Live View and press the ‘i’ info button to get to the Virtual Horizon tool. This overlays your image with a line that turns green when your horizon is straight. It’s a very quick and easy tool that I use all the time.