Shooting Pictures in Landscape Mode with a Canon EOS Rebel T3 Series Camera

Landscape mode on the Canon Rebel T3 and T3i, designed for capturing scenic vistas, city skylines, and other large-scale subjects, produces a large depth of field. As a result, objects both close to the camera and at a distance appear sharply focused.

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Like Portrait mode, Landscape mode achieves the greater depth of field by manipulating the aperture (f-stop) setting. Consequently, the extent to which the camera can succeed in keeping everything in sharp focus depends on your lens and on the available light.

Whereas Portrait mode tweaks the image to produce soft, flattering skin tones, Landscape mode results in sharper, more contrasty, photos. Color saturation is increased as well, and blues and greens appear especially bold.

The other critical shooting settings are as follows:

  • Drive mode: The default setting is Single, which records one image for each press of the shutter button. As with the other scene modes, you can switch to the Self-Timer: 10 Sec/Remote Control or Self-Timer: Continuous drive mode.

  • Flash: The built-in flash is disabled, which is typically no big deal. Because of its limited range, the built-in flash is of little use when shooting most landscapes, anyway. But for some still-life shots, such as of a statue at close range, a flash may prove helpful.

  • Autofocusing: As with Portrait mode, Landscape mode uses One-Shot autofocusing; focus locks when you press the shutter button halfway. Focus usually is set on the nearest object that falls under one of the nine autofocus points.

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