Bring the right gear
If you’re planning to make prints, most scenic shots look best when displayed large, which means quality is key. We recommend using a DSLR camera with a full-frame sensor of 10 megapixels or higher. This setup should give you clear prints of at least 11×14 inches. As far as lenses go, a standard wide-angle zoom works well for most landscapes. To take full advantage of your camera’s resolution, be sure to shoot in the RAW file format and use a low ISO setting to prevent graininess in your images.
It’s also a good idea to bring a tripod in case you want to shoot long exposures or use a high f/stop in low light (more on that later). Sturdy DSLR tripods have historically been a pain to carry around, but new carbon-fiber tripods come in collapsible models and weigh as little as 1.5 pounds.
If you’re thinking, ‘I don’t need all that gear because my iPhone pictures look pretty good,’ just try blowing up a handheld photo you took in low light – it’s probably not pretty.
Photo credit: Lacey Johnson