Taking a Warm-Up Shot

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Should you have a plan when you head out for a day of shooting landscape photographs? Professional landscape photographer, Steve Kossack, prefers spontaneity. He suggests a warm-up routine.

Steve starts out with what he calls a meatball shot, a landscape scene with balanced lighting from sky to land. He suggests first focusing on composition, a good foreground element, a distant middle ground, and a background sky. He follows simple steps: set the aperture and shutter speed, take a vertical and a horizontal image, then check the histogram for exposure, and the focus for sharpness.

Come along with pro shooter, Steve Kossack, in the high desert for landscape photography tips to help you create your own warm-up routine.