Lookup somewhere in the net and found the following advice:
Front-to-back sharpness is vital for most landscape pictures, so make sure you stop your lens down to f/11 or f/16 and use the depth-of-field scale on the lens barrel to check what the zone of sharp focus will be. I use the hyperfocal focusing technique to maximise depth-of-field. To do this, focus the lens on infinity then check the depth-of-field scale to see what the nearest point of sharp focus will be at the aperture set. By re-focusing the lens on this distance - known as the hyperfocal distance - depth-of-field will extend from half the hyperfocal distance to infinity.
- freelance specialist Lee Frost
DUn really understand how to use the above technique for digital camera. I tried shooting landscape once but it appeared soft.
Use a sturdy tripod, it helps to a certain extent. Unlike action photography, one generally has more time to compose or wait for good lighting so using a tripod shouldn't be too much of a problem. The use of hyperfocal distance technique also helps, as you've described, though some of the AF lenses tend to have fewer DOF markers than older MF lenses. But the DOF may be calculated if you have the appropriate tables.
You might like to consider using medium format too. I personally find that medium format is quite suited for landscapes because setting up a shot takes longer time than 35mm and in doing it I have more time to think about how I want the scenery to look and other factors too. You could try getting a used Rolleicord or Rolleiflex twin-lens reflex (TLR) camera, these generally should cost less than $600. Could even try a made-in-China Seagull TLR that goes for $200+ or less new.
Originally posted by kh_drew I personally find that medium format is quite suited for landscapes because setting up a shot takes longer time than 35mm and in doing it I have more time to think about how I want the scenery to look and other factors too. .
Actually I was about to suggest some books that I've found useful over the years but these pertain to film photography. I'm not at all familiar with digital camera. Does the CCD or the CMOS respond in the same way as a negative film? Now that the sensor in digital cameras have reached the size of a conventional 35mm film maybe it's time for me to go into it. Interesting thought.
Originally posted by Falcon As above. Experts in this area pls advise. I have seen landscape shots that are tack sharp while some appear rather soft. Is it caused by poor technique or the limitations of the camera.