Earth has boundless natural beauty. You just need to know where to look and how to capture it. Olympus Visionary Peter Baumgarten has spent a lifetime elevating landscape photography into art. He shoots with the compact, lightweight Olympus OM-D system. It gives him the freedom and mobility you can’t find in other cameras that’s critical to creating his stunning work.
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TIPS TO HELP YOU
MASTER THE TECHNICAL SIDE OF LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY
Peter Baumgarten has spent decades professionally shooting landscapes. Here are a few of his technical tricks to help you make the most of the advanced technology in the E-M1 Series.
USE APERTURE PRIORITY MODE
As a landscape photographer, some of your greatest creative control involves the aperture setting you choose, so start by shooting in Aperture Priority Mode. This allows you to control your depth of field within the scene. Use the preview button to confirm your depth of field before shooting.
SHOOT AT A LOW ISO
A lower ISO will help guarantee the cleanest possible image. A corresponding slower shutter speed is not usually an issue for most landscape scenes, but if you do have action to freeze, bump up your ISO to 400 or even to 1000 to achieve a faster shutter speed.
USE THE EXPOSURE COMPENSATION DIAL AND HISTOGRAM.
Control the light by keeping your finger on the exposure compensation dial. The beauty of a mirrorless camera is that you can easily see your final exposure before you even press the shutter. Enabling the histogram is also a great way to check your exposure. It’s also good practice to bump up your highlights even if the image looks a bit overexposed. They are easy to recover when you post-process the image and will prevent too much noise within the shadow regions of the photo.
BRACKET YOUR EXPOSURE
In tricky lighting situations where there are large differences between the highlights and shadows, use exposure bracketing. The camera will capture multiple images of the same scene at different exposures, allowing you to choose the best option later.
CONTROL YOUR FOCUSING
Use the single autofocus point (S-AF) to better control where your lens is focusing and ideally choose a point approximately one-third of the distance into your scene. For even greater control, switch to manual focus and enable the focus-assist features (magnification and focus peaking).
USE FOCUS STACKING
For situations where your foreground subject may be a mere few inches from the front lens element, enable focus bracketing and stacking. This will allow you to capture extreme depths of field that would not be possible with a single shot. It really opens up some creative potential in your compositions.
PROGRAM THE CUSTOM MENU
Program the custom menu to include some of your more frequently used features. This can be a real timesaver out in the field. Focus Stacking, Time Lapse, Live ND, High Res Mode and Bracketing are some of the features that come in handy as a landscape photographer.
THIS IS ALL YOU NEED TO GET STARTED
RAISE YOUR GAME
When you’re ready to take the next step, here are some gear recommendations for creating your very best landscape shots.
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Additional Photo Credits
All landscape photos by Olympus Visionary Peter Baumgarten
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