How to Shoot Landscapes with the SCN Landscape Mode on Your Canon EOS 6D

There are beautiful landscapes all over this grand country of ours and your Canon EOS 6D is the perfect tool to use to capture it. Even if you live in a major metropolitan area, there is undoubtedly a majestic landscape within easy driving distance of your home.

When you photograph landscapes, use a wide angle focal length from 18 to 35 mm. This focal length range enables you to pack a lot of real estate into an image.

  1. Press the Mode Lock button and then rotate the Mode dial to SCN.

  2. Press the Quick Control button.

    The Quick Control menu for the SCN mode appears. If another mode is displayed, press Set to display all scene modes on the LCD Monitor.

  3. Use the Multi-controller to select the Landscape mode and then press Set.

    When you shoot in Landscape mode, the default image format is JPEG and the quality is Large. The picture ambience is Standard, Default lighting, and the drive mode is single shot. This mode is optimized for a large depth of field. You can change a setting by highlighting it with the Multi-controller dial, pressing Set, and then choosing the desired setting.

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  4. Compose the image and then press the Shutter button halfway to achieve focus.

  5. Press the Shutter button fully to take the picture.

    Review the image to make sure the scene is well composed.

When you photograph a vast landscape, make sure you have a large object in the foreground to act as a visual anchor. When you compose the image, place the visual anchor to the left or right of center. The visual anchor is what draws viewers into the image. Without a visual anchor, viewers have no idea where to look or why you were compelled to take the picture.

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