How to Choose the BEST Camera Settings for Nature Photographs (VIDEO)

Life would be so much easier if we had a single set of camera settings that worked for all types of nature photography. Unfortunately, that’s simply not possible because of ever-changing light, a wide variety of subject matter, and the need to compose various images differently.

Perhaps the next best thing is a guide to the most appropriate settings for different types of landscape scenes, and that’s what you’ll find in the six-minute video below. We often turn to Romanian photographer Toma Bonciu for helpful advice on outdoor photography, and in this episode he reveals his approach to setting the camera for optimum results depending upon conditions in the field.

Bonciu’s goal with the video below is to provide a “a set of tips and suggestions on how you find the perfect exposure.” He begins with a discussion of ISO settings, explaining that he prefers to shoot at ISO 100 to minimize noise. Depending upon light levels or subject movement due to wind, that’s not always possible. And Bonciu reveals how he makes the necessary compromises.

Aperture settings are also critical, especially when it comes to maximizing or minimizing depth of field, and Bonciu runs through his process of selecting the ideal f/stop for different types of scenes. He also provides a simple method of determining the sharpest aperture setting for each of the lenses you own.

Bonciu also discusses the synergy between the shutter speed you select and the other exposure parameters available. He explains why with some scenes your aperture setting should be the primary consideration, while with other scenes choosing the ISO or shutter speed setting is the best place to start.

While watching the video you’ll also pick up valuable tips on composition and focusing techniques, and you can find more helpful advice on Bonciu’s YouTube channel.

We suggest you also check out another tutorial we posted recently, explaining how to shoot summer nature photos with a long lens.