Point, shoot, and go: Achieving the perfect landscape shot for travelers

With so many places to visit and the widespread availability of camera phones (and SLRs), traveling has become a twin brother of photography. There’s just no better way of preserving memories of stunning sunsets, gorgeous waves, glistening snow, or verdant mountains than capturing them on still photos. Achieving the perfect shots can always be tricky, however, especially when capturing landscapes. Apart from the good skills, a great camera can help one achieve his desired visual quality. Below are three compact cameras that will surely come in handy while traveling.


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Sony DSC-RX100 IV

Megapixels: 20.1

Weight: 13.9 oz.

Features: 4K video capabilities, faster shooting speeds, and a higher resolution LCD screen; a large sensor, fast Carl Zeiss zoom lens, and unique pop-up electronic viewfinder.


Canon SX710 HS

Megapixels: 16

Lens: 25-600mm

Features: offers a 30x zoom, 5-axis image stabilization, full HD at 60p for slow-motion playback, Hybrid Auto mode that captures both stills and movies


Nikon Coolpix S7000

Megapixels: 16

Weight: 5.9 oz.

Features: 1080p video at a variety of speeds including 60 fps, built-in Wi-Fi, one of the lightest cameras on the market.



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After choosing the right camera, travelers should also learn the basics of landscape photography. Achieving the right camera settings will help them get that flawless landscape shot.


Aperture. The aperture helps with the modification of the amount of light that goes into the camera. Lighting is one, if not, the most important element in photography. Setting the right aperture depending on the lighting need of the shot will help achieve the right range and focus of the photo.


Shutter speed. Its main function is to capture the image in the most accurate ways possible. It is controlled depending on the lighting and the motion of the subject. This helps in capturing landscapes with moving objects in them like animals, cars, or people.


ISO.  This setting helps controlling the camera’s sensitivity to light. When capturing a landscape photo during the night or indoors with low light, adjusting the ISO sensitivity will help illuminate the shot.


With more user-friendly photography technologies being released to the market, it has become ‘easier’ for anyone to become a photographer. However, regardless of the level of sophistication of the camera, everything would still boil down to excellent skills, patience, dedication, artistry, and timing.