Landscape Photography Techniques and Tips
For achieving maximum and apt focus, small aperture setting can help you focus on the scene (unless you want to highlight a particular element and diffuse the background). Exposure is the most important element and keeping shutter speed apt creates a lot of difference in the quality and the output of the image.
Try and bracket your exposures, like when shooting contrasting backgrounds, use a exposure level that is recommended by the meter. Then take another one that is slightly higher than the recommended one and the next that is lower than the recommended exposure level. You can then compare the outputs and can decide on the shutter speed and exposure.
You will be amazed with the results of capturing during sunrise and sunset with the variations in the depth, angle, patterns and more. It is usual to get going for some amazing shots of nature, on a clear and bright day, but the true emotions of nature can be captured on most rough and windy days.
Avoid shooting in jpeg mode. Some photographers have their digital sets tuned in to jpeg mode. The quality of shooting in a raw mode cannot be compared at all, so get your images shot raw. It gives you room for correcting and enhancing the final output of the picture. You may convert them later into jpeg.