Most photographers started their journey by just taking pictures for fun, not caring about settings. They had no idea what the words ISO and aperture meant. But what they all have in common is that at some point they realized that in order to get better at photography it was essential to learn the fundamentals.

The truth is that you’ll never be able to fully exploit your camera and get better results without acquiring the basic knowledge of how it works.

In this introductory series, you’ll learn what the fundamentals consist of and how you can take your photography to the next level by learning them; you’ll understand how any small change you make to the settings can have a big impact on your photo.

We’ll start by looking at the ISO (and how it affects the image quality) before we move on the aperture (and how to create depth and sharper images) and ultimately end up looking at how the shutter speed affects your image.

A workshop participant capturing the beauty of a Arctic winter storm

I urge you to spend time reading each part and trying your best to understand them. If you need, go back to the articles regularly in order to keep reminding yourself how the settings work both individually and together. This series is made with the intention to give you a better understanding of the fundamentals of photography, which again leads to both higher quality images and a more creative vision.

In the final article, we will look at how the three fundamental settings are connected. How changing one impacts the other. This is known as The Exposure Triangle. Understanding how the fundamentals work is one thing but knowing how to use them and how they work together is even more important.

Head over to Part 1 to start learning the fundamentals of landscape photography:

Part 1: Introduction to ISO in Landscape Photography
Part 2: Introduction to Aperture in Landscape Photography
Part 3: Introduction to Shutter Speed in Landscape Photography
Part 4: The Exposure Triangle

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If you’re serious about taking your photography to the next level, I strongly recommend reading my popular eBook A Comprehensive Introduction to Landscape Photography. Whether you’ve just bought your first camera, have been using one for a couple years or you haven’t yet purchased your first, this eBook is a natural place to begin expanding your knowledge. The information shared throughout A Comprehensive Introduction to Landscape Photography will teach you everything you need to know in order to start capturing beautiful images and take your photography to the next level.

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Fundamental Landscape Photography