Instruction for Landscape Photographers

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Instruction for Landscape and Nature Photographers

The primary purpose of the 2 videos, 7 lessons and 10 workshop handouts available on this page is to aid our workshop participants, but everyone is welcome to this information and to print these PDFs for personal use. The lessons are PDFs and best viewed digitally. The handouts are the links below with "pdf" at the end of the name. They are intended for both digital display and printing.

Wondering about camera settings for landscape photography?
Then view this lesson.

Camera Settings Lesson

3 Page workshop handout describing Andy's 5 D Mark III camera settings. Some reference to Nikon is also included. This may be useful to participants trying to understand what settings make the most sense for landscape photography.
Andy's Camera Settings pdf
Comprehensive 4 page tripod discussion. It's most useful to new photographers or those purchasing a new tripod or tripod head.
Tripod Tips and Techniques pdf





One page workshop handout that is useful as a field reminder to those trying to develop a field workflow. We recommend printing this one and placing it in the camera bag.
CFDER Field Reminder pdf


New to our workshops or landscape photography?
Then view these lessons prior to the workshop.

View the lessons below in order, starting at the top.

Exposure Lesson
View the lessons below in order, starting at the top.

Depth-of-Field and Hyperfocal Lesson


Hyperfocal Chart Full Frame Hyperfocal Chart 1.5 LMF


Manual Metering Lesson
Landscape Focus Settings Lesson


Histogram Lesson








2 Page workshop handout describing the steps required to take panoramic photographs with a Digital SLR. We recommend printing this one and placing it in the camera bag for the workshop.
Steps to Capture Panorama Photographs pdf


Composition Lesson

Lengthy discussion to help improve one's ability to compose landscape photographs.
This is large file it will take a little longer to download.

2 Page workshop handout describing a process to test lenses for satisfactory sharpness.
New Lens Test pdf

2 Page workshop handout useful for keeping track of where we photograph. Especially useful when we deviate from the itinerary. We recommend printing this one and placing it in the camera bag for the workshop.
Blank Workshop Locations Visited pdf

2 Page workshop handout describing a workflow to capture detail in the foreground and stars as points in the sky without using any artificial illumination on the foreground. We've developed a new procedure for our workshops, but this is still useful information.
Night Photography Instruction pdf

One page workshop handout describing the "Rule of 400" and providing a chart with some data for various focal lengths. If you are attending one of our workshops where we photograph at night then we recommend printing this and placing it in the camera bag.
Night Photography Rule of 400 pdf