Camera set tings
METERING PATTERN: In most weather conditions, your camera’s multi- zone metering pattern will prove most reliable. Also referred to as Evaluative, Honeycomb and Matrix, this type of sophisticated pattern divides up the scene into zones and uses a complicated algorithm to average the individual readings and provide one overall correct exposure. While no system is infallible, for landscape photography this is the most reliable system. VIRTUAL HORIZON: When taking photos in bad weather, you will often need to set up quickly. It is easy to make silly errors when you are rushing – and taking photos with wonky horizons is a common mistake. While you can correct this during processing, it is better to get things right in- camera. Many digital SLRS now have a handy levelling or Virtual Horizon feature. Activate this feature to help you quickly get your camera perfectly level. APERTURE: When photographing far- reaching views or landscapes, including rainbows, you will normally want to record everything within the scene, from front- to- back, in focus. To generate a large zone of focus, select a small f/ stop in the region of f/ 14 or f/ 16. Avoid your lens’s smallest apertures, though. When a lens is stopped right down, it is more prone to an optical e ect called di raction, which softens image quality. HIGHLIGHTS WARNING: You can normally activate your camera’s Highlights warning via its Playback menu. It works as an exposure warning, telling you if the highlights of an image exceed the sensor’s dynamic range ( its ability to capture detail in the shadow and highlight areas simultaneously) – the a ected areas of the image will fl ash. This is a handy warning, allowing you to adjust exposure settings and reshoot. The Highlights warning is particularly useful when you shoot landscapes that contain bright areas of sky.