Digital photography guide
© 2008 Adobe Systems Incorporated Digital photography tips
Many cameras let you adjust a setting called the aperture. While aperture (sometimes called f-stop) is a complicatedtopic, one thing to keep in mind is that the higher the aperture number, the farther away your subject can be yet stillbe in focus. If you've ever taken a picture of someone and had the background blurry, this is because the camera'saperture was set very low. If you've taken a picture and the background objects were in focus and distracting, this isbecause the aperture was set to a higher number.The aperture is the part of the camera that lets in light, like the iris in your eye, and the numbers describe how openor closed it is. The reason this is important is that you can set the camera's aperture so that your landscape pictureshave sharp focus all the way into the distance. If your camera allows you to change the aperture, set it to a highernumber to get a picture with more areas in focus. If your camera doesn't have a manual aperture setting, but it doesallow you to set different shooting modes, chose the “landscape” mode, which is normally indicated with a picture of a mountain. This will automatically change the camera to the right mode.
Keep it steady
Taking a landscape shot requires a steady hand. All the little details must be in focus for a good shot. When youchange the aperture, or set your camera to landscape mode, it often provides more sharpness by letting less light intothe camera. This is why many landscape photographers use a tripod to help them capture a great picture. A tripodstrong enough to support a digital camera isn't very expensive and can be found in most photography stores or in thephoto section of electronics stores.However, you don't even need a tripod to give you a steady picture. If you can find a flat object, such as a picnictable or bench, you can place your camera on that to eliminate it from shaking. Lots of digital cameras now comewith remote controls that allow the camera to be triggered without even touching it. This is a great way to capture aclear landscape photo. If your camera doesn't have a remote control, you can try a trick used by lots of photographers: Turn on your camera's self-timer and let the camera take the shot for you! That way, after you pushthe button, the timer counts down before actually taking the picture, which should make it shake-free when thepicture is taken.
For really interesting landscapes, you can try to make a panorama. A panoramic picture is comprised of a series of shots stitched together using software like Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.