The virtual horizon
Chris says… The first thing I got Tantse to check was that her virtual horizon was switched on, in Live View mode. This in-built option acts as a spirit level for both the X and Y axis. It’s useful when shooting in somewhere like Skye with towering mountains, because the landscape can look askew and can throw you off. So I suggested she use the virtual horizon to level the scene, and let the landscape do the rest.
Depth of field
Chris says… Tantse asked me, “I rock up at a landscape scene and instinctively want to shoot f/18, is that bad?” The answer is no, but I would normally opt for f/11 or f/16 to reduce diffraction that occurs inherently in extremely narrow apertures of f/18 and above. That said, if it gets the job done, go for it! Photographers, beginners especially, can get bogged down in the minutiae of technical settings. You won’t notice a difference between f/16 and f/18 unless you’re a picture editor.
Chris says… My white balance is always on Daylight. Tantse had hers set to Cloudy. If it’s cloudy outside, I may change to the Cloudy setting but otherwise I stick to Daylight. I do this because it allows me to check a scene without the camera taking over. If it embellishes the yellow tones, it may look like the yellows are overexposed, even though they aren’t, which might make you underexpose the image.