Landscape Photography Quick Tips: Maximize your Depth of Field

Hoope's Falls in the Autumn is a landscape photograph of the little waterfall on the Brandywine River in front of Hoope's Reservoir in Wilmington, Delaware and a array of colorful leaves lining the river banks. Title: Hoope's Falls in the Autumn Photographer: Melissa Fague Genre: Landscape Photography

Landscape Photo Hoope’s Falls in the Autumn by Landscape Photographer Melissa Fague

Photo Specks
Exposure 1.6 Sec
Aperture: F22
Focal Length 28mm
ISO 125

Maximize your Depth of Field

While there may be times as a photographer that you want to get a little more creative and experiment with narrow depth of fields in your Landscape Photography; the standard approach is to ensure that as much of your scene is in focus as possible. The simplest way maximize your Depth of Field is to choose a small Aperture setting. A small aperture is a large number, such as F16, F32. The smaller your aperture setting is the greater the depth of field in your landscape photograph.

You will need to keep in mind that smaller apertures mean less light is going to be hitting your cameras sensor, so you need to compensate either by increasing your ISO or lengthening your shutter speed… possibly both depending on the scene, weather conditions and time of day.