Picture Style Techniques to Level Up Your Landscape Photography

Picture Style Techniques to Level Up Your Landscape Photography

If you are going to capture natural landscapes, why not take advantage of the Picture Style function? Using images from the EOS 6D Mark II, this article explores the fine adjustments you can make to the “Landscape” and “Fine Detail” Picture Style modes to capture scenes in greater detail.

Technique 1: Combine Picture Style with a polarizing filter to cut out white reflections and customize colors

Waterfall with Picture Style-Landscape and PL filter

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EOS 6D Mark II/ EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM/ FL: 22mm/ Manual exposure (f/11, 6 sec)/ ISO 200/ WB: Tungsten Light landscape photography lens portrait photography settings

When you photograph waterfalls, elements with shiny, reflective surfaces such as water or leaves tend to appear whitish instead of their original colour due to light reflecting off them. This can cause the image to look blown out. Using a polarizing filter (PL filter) can cut out such unwanted reflections and make the original colours and even the stones in the water visible, ultimately enhancing the atmosphere and ensuring that the photo has a good balance of light and shadow.   landscape photography lens portrait photography settings

Click here to find out what else you can do with a polarizing filter

At the same time, you can even more impressively capture the aspect you want to show by switching the Picture Style to ‘Landscape’ mode and finely adjusting the colour tones. To me, this scene was something straight out of a dreamlike, fantasy world. Hence, I set the shutter speed to 6 seconds to capture the waterfall in a silky stream of white. If you are unable to use a slow shutter speed, I recommend using a neutral density filter (ND filter). I then set the white balance to “Tungsten Light” to add blue tones, lending the entire image a surreal, magical atmosphere.  landscape photography lens portrait photography settings

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