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Creating compelling images of landscapes and nature scenes is often not as simple as it might appear. What we take in with our eyes is much more vast and intense than what we are able to capture with a camera.

In addition to recording two-dimensional images through a rectangular frame, the typical camera is also limited to a relatively narrow dynamic range (the range between light and dark tones) and small color ranges (many of the colors that we see with our eyes are simply not recordable with a camera, regardless of format).

However, once you understand the limitations of your camera and learn how to work creatively within its parameters, you'll be well on your way toward making compelling images that both "capture the moment" and express your vision.

This lesson examines how to prepare for landscape shots, addresses the fundamentals of composition, illustrates auto and manual exposure methods for shooting sunsets, and demonstrates the importance of timing and patience in capturing fleeting light conditions.

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Topics Covered:

  • Creating Compositions of Sunsets
  • Shooting in Sunset Scene Mode
  • Comparing Different Exposure Modes
  • Switching to Manual Exposure Mode
  • Monitoring Your Shutter Speed
  • Just When You Think the Show is Over
  • Stitching Images Together for Digital Panoramas

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