Learn a Mode Monday – Discovering Landscape Mode

July 6, 2009
Beginners Photography

Landscape Mode

Since it is now the middle of summer and thoughts of vacations with pretty scenery and breathtaking views are all around, this week I thought we could talk a little about Landscape Mode. Landscape photography is one of the most rewarding types of photography and the easiest to achieve astounding results, as mother nature has usually done most of the hard work for us!

This mode is usually denoted by a symbol representing a mountain range and is sometimes called infinity mode. When we set our cameras to to Landscape mode the focus will switch to focusing at infinity and the lens will be set to a narrow aperture so that when taking a landscape shot, all of the scene will remain in focus (i.e. have a deep depth of field). This may result in a slow shutter speed being used, so wherever possible, use a tripod for a steady sharp shot.

In some digital cameras, using landscape mode will actually put a filter on your images to enhance blue skies and make green grass greener thus helping to make your scenic shots pop!

Landscape Mode

Landscape Mode

Use this mode when you are trying to capture a wide cityscape or a beautiful vista from your hotel balcony and you won’t be disappointed! You’ll bring back some pictures for your home well worthy of a mat and a frame which will serve as a great reminder of your awesome vacation.

Much better than those tacky souvenirs now isn’t it?

Top tip: Try capturing landscapes at different times of the day for really stunning shots – early morning and evening light make great pictures and are well worth the extra effort!

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Hmm, would “SCN” on my camera be it? I don’t have a mountain range. I’ve got a little flower though…


The little flower is Macro mode , I’ve covered this in an earlier post but we’ll revisit it again soon. SCN is usually the main menu which contains all your scene modes – landscape should be in there!


Found it!! Woo! I learned something! XD

Heated Insoles

Thanks for the useful info.


A good site. I like the idea of putting out these little tips to help new and potential photographers “how to do it”.


Glad to visit this site! Thank you for sharing your information about landscape mode.

Eric Harrison

That is a super nice place to visit. I would love to be on that place soon. Thanks for sharing.

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