The Most Basic Of Camera Settings Before Attempting Mongolian Photography

Mongolia can be one of the most diverse of settings for photography. The amateur is well advised to have a basic grip on the technology that goes to making a camera before trying to harness the shooter in actual photo sessions. In essence, it is the camera that forms the basic equipment that provides for good prints to be shot each time. Increasingly, cameras are getting still more complex and introducing some very technical terms to the field of photography.

Detailed at this instance are the most significant of camera settings and parameters.  It might be difficult to make sense of the very function that the camera settings set forth to do but it does help to have the knowhow of what works in a situation and otherwise. The best photographers are never good at the technical but they need no introduction to how to go about utilizing something as mechanically complex but with some very simple to use in the handling.

  • Aperture: This could be one of the most simple to explain matter when it comes to the camera. Often with digital cameras, the aperture is replaced by an electronics switch that basically mimics the function of the mechanical aperture most of the time. What the aperture does is to control the light so that an image is formed on to the film or substrate in the case of the digital cameras.  

Just allowing the right exposure could make all the difference to how a photograph turns out to be and some of the most expensive cameras have such elaborate aperture systems that it takes small computers to control and handle them in the window of opportunity being presented.

  • Shutter: It is the shutter that decides how much of action should come onto the film. It also acts as per the availability of light that is available to the shooter. Thus a bright source of light needs a faster acting shutter and a slow action when the light available is low.

In modern cameras, the sophisticated action would mean that it needs the shutter to operate multiple times for complete exposure.  This does call for very complex action most of the time and understandably so too.

  • ISO: If ever there could be a very complex term to explain in the use of the camera then it has to be the ISO settings. A higher ISO number would mean a lot more details being stored in a unit area of the film. In a place like Mongolia, where the shooting is mostly of the outdoors, a high ISO setting does have its strength most of the time.

Professional photographers too use rather high ISO settings and one of the main features that photographers look out for during the process of purchasing of film is the ability of the ISO markings at all times. A good picture can be marred by this simple three letters the ISO.

What The Photographer Must Be Wary Of In Mongolia

If ever a visitor needs to be vary in Mongolia, then it has to the climate most of the time. That the winters are particularly harsh is but an understatement. It is not just the temperatures that are intimidating but the sharp winds that keep blowing across the plains most of the time. Photographers need to be warned of the tiny icicles that float around in the wind and their effect on the camera and equipment most of the time.

Moisture in itself is a bad thing and combining it with the harsh cold is nothing but inviting trouble.  Freeze up of equipment is one of the ever-present dangers of shooting in the outdoors and more importantly the danger of slipping on ice and sleet. Thus the buzz word should be to be watchful at all times and to play safe when feeling unsafe at any time.

Keeping the camera protected

Most photography equipment manufacturers tend to pack in the camera and ancillaries into a compact and protected enclosure. This does present a compact package to carry around in the first place and secondly, the person is assured of complete safety to the equipment at all times.

Particularly vulnerable are the lens that makes up the complete camera.  Just a drop on the floor is bound to create a bad accident that could cost a good package to repair. Mongolia with its hard rocky outcrops is particularly punishing on people that tend to pay insufficient attention to keeping their equipment safe and dry.

Getting to be dry and warm

There would not be a more satisfying experience than to partake in some outdoor photography when in Mongolia.  It would serve well to be warm and dry when attempting to take photographs in the outdoors of the country as the wind and rain are strong parts of the outdoor shoots in the countryside. Not to mention the landscapes in this place Truscapes derives some of their landscaping designs from the fauna and flora seen in this fascinating place.

The individual can keep himself warm and dry by using wind-cheaters and sweaters.  Most cities and towns of the country are full of shops that stock up on good rough woolens that do not cost a packet either. The Mongolian weave does take into consideration the need for extreme insulation and to keep out the bellowing winds too.

Now comes the hard part of keeping the photography equipment dry and warm.  Most modern cameras and particularly the digital ones have battery packs that need to be kept as warm as possible. Otherwise, they could drain out and lose power when the real-time for some power-packed action is called into motion.


Visitors to Mongolia often speak more of the weather than any other aspect of the country. The cold is unforgiving and those that do not take the trouble of keeping the basic cautionary steps are bound to suffer a great deal. Moisture coupled with the extreme cold can render many an equipment unserviceable for the most parts and hence it is only natural that something pro-active is tried out to keep warm and safe.

What Amateur Photographers Need To Watch Out For In Mongolia

There is a big difference between amateur and the professional photographers and this is not restricted to the manner in which snaps are picked up.  Good practices which were honed over some period of time are bound to show good result in the long term than some quick fix solution tried during the heat of the photo shoot. At the same time, it must be understood that some simple aids help stabilize the arm while taking photographs and must certainly be made good use of at all times.

It must be said of a group of amateurs who consider the aids as the defining trait of the amateur photographer and hence would refuse to make use of it even in the most excoriating of circumstances. Those individuals who go beyond the simple techniques understand perfectly well the limitations of their craft and would try to build on the talents already in their possession.


The tripod

This could well be one of the most practical of tools to use while as an amateur photographer in Mongolia.  One of the defining aspects of the Mongolian landscape is the rather uneven and undulating land masses. If the tripod is used as assistance, then it would often pass that the picture does not have any slant or twist to the composure.

Even the most professional and thorough photographer of the day would have started off the first steps as a photographer with the tripod most of the time. Once the hands were steady enough to bring on the right focus, then the stand would have been dispensed with. There really is little harm in exercising some constraint in having a snap picked up and at the start of the career too.

The flash

In today’s fast paced digital photography, it is rarely felt that the flash needs to be used at anytime. But what stands out to reason is that unless a flash is used in photography; both the indoor and outdoor kind, it would be hard to relate to the way light can be used to be creative to the photographer. Mongolia has enough and more to offer the amateur who would want to try out flash photography at any time.

Despite the white backgrounds of the winters, it is possible to use plain flash light to create striations and patterns in the snow and ice. Some of the most presentable and powerful use of light on snow and sleet formations have been done in the inhospitable regions of Mongolia at the best of times.

Having a physical list of snaps

The amateur would be best advised to maintain a list of exposures at each instance. Notes could be added to the exposure lists and this would prove to be more than worth the trouble when the pictures are studied and compiled after the photo session. Mistakes and corrections are best kept track of in this manner and the person who tries to eliminate the faults is bound to be one of the more successful ones at all times.