The BEST Camera Settings for SHARP Handheld Travel & Nature Photography (VIDEO)

We talk a lot about techniques for making sharp photographs because precise focus acquisition contributes greatly to the impact of an image. That means doing things right in the camera, as well as editing your work carefully.

Today’s tutorial on this topic introduces a third critical variable; namely choosing the most appropriate camera settings before you begin shooting. In the 12-minute video below, you’ll learn what one accomplished pro says are, “The best settings for sharp handheld photos.”

British photographer James Popsys specializes in travel, adventure, and nature photography, and he says, “I don’t like tripods, long exposures, or golden hour.” Hence the handheld approach he demonstrates in this behind-the-scenes episode from Snowdonia, Wales.

Trudging uphill on a misty April day in freezing temperatures, Popsys begins by explaining the importance of setting the camera for a minimum shutter speed when shooting handheld. This way, when using Auto ISO in the Aperture Priority Mode, he doesn’t have to worry about the camera providing an unacceptably slow shutter speed. You’ll see why the minimum setting he chooses depends upon the lens particular in use.

Popsys also explains why it’s important to configure your camera with a maximum ISO setting, especially in the Auto ISO mode, and why he uses Aperture Priority 90% of the time. He also reveals the exposure settings for the images you see in the video.

While discussing a other important camera settings, Popsys also provides some very helpful advice on perspective, composition, and lens choice. There’s a link to all the gear he uses in the description below the video.

You can find an abundance of outdoor photography tips by visiting Popsys YouTube channel. And don’t miss another tutorial of his we posted recently, explaining five things every outdoor photographer should do before and during a shoot.