Having problems with your Canon EOS Rebel XSi Digital Camera ?

Just started using Canon Rebel EOS XSI that we got last year. Landscape picures are not crisp and clear even using landscape mode. What are we doing wrong?

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Basically putting the camera in modes other than Manual, TV or AV means that's you've given up a lot of control, so the camera is left to its own devices to solve the scene. When shooting landscapes you need a large depth of field, which means the camera chooses a higher F-number for your photo. Higher F-numbers mean less light gets into the camera, since the shutter speed has to stay high enough for you to shoot handheld. So now you've got two things t work which reduce the amount of light hitting the sensor: small aperture (high F-number) and fast shutter speed. Since the camera meters the scene and has only one remaining factor to get "correct" exposure, all it can do is set the ISO according to the two other mandatory settings of F-number and shutter speed. If there's enough light (bright, sunny day) then it can remain at ISO 100, which is usually the best quality image. If there's insufficient light though, then it may go as high as ISO 800 or even ISO 1600 to allow the small aperture and fast shutter speed. This will make your photos look grainy.

Instead, I recommend that you set the camera to AV Mode, put your F-number to F8.0, set your ISO manually to ISO 100, and use a tripod. Additionally you can use the custom functions menu to lock up the mirror (prevents "slap" which shakes the camera and makes the image less sharp) and also use 2-sec timer (select it using the button to the left of "set" on the back of the camera).

Following those steps you should get the sharpest photos your lens and camera body will allow. Be sure to use autofocus by defeault and switch to manual if you want to fine-tune (or if AF is "hunting" and not locking on a target) and also turn Image Stabilization OFF if using a tripod. Good luck!
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