I just finished a trip to the east coast with my family. It was a sporting event turned into a family vacation to the beach. I love these trips as it gives me an opportunity to grab some family photos and also find a little time here and there for artistic images I do for my own collection. I generally don’t shoot a lot of landscape photography but I do like to add landscapes / cityscapes as reminders of our trips. Artistic images from my personal vacations are the souvenirs that I bring home. T-shirts fade and shrink, so during your next trip try taking some landscapes that you can hang on your wall as artistic framed memories.
To capture the best landscapes will require 2 things: A wide angle lens and a tripod. Attach your camera on a tripod (the heavier the tripod the more steady the camera) and set your camera to aperture priority mode (A or AV). Now change your aperture to its largest or second largest number which is usually 16, 22 on most lenses. Remember setting your aperture to its highest number means it will allow the most area to be in focus.
Set the self-timer to 10 seconds on your camera as this gives your camera 10 seconds to stop shaking before taking the image after pressing the shutter release. The combination of the self-timer and the tripod keeps your image sharp, even with slower shutter speeds. If you really want to make it stable lookup using mirror lock up in your camera manual.
Focus your camera on a point roughly half way between where you are and the farthest thing in the distance you want in focus. This is a very simplified version of achieving the best focusing for distance and for a more detailed explanation google hyper-focal distance. Once the focus point is selected, release the shutter and step back from the camera so you don’t bump the tripod while it captures the beautiful scene in front of you.