The famous London Bridge on a dark day. It wasn’t really as dark as this, I just tweaked it a bit in Lightroom to give it a brooding look.
So let’s just recap on the tips 5-9: No 5 was a recap of the previous 4 which were briefly: 1. keep your camera on, 2. Turn off the flash, 3. Use auto ISO, 4. Avoid Camera shake by using the viewfinder if fitted or if not, by tucking those arms in.
So number 6: Select a tripod to suit your camera and lens and invest in a cable release or use the timer.
7. Don’t think that because someone has an expensive camera that they will create great images - it’s not the gear that makes great art but the person behind the camera.
8. Use RAW if you want great images but only if you are prepared to invest some time in front of the computer
9. Use JPEG if you don’t want to spend time in front of the camera, can’t afford big memory cards or need speed for quick successive burst shooting.
There are numerous other tips I could give but I’ll stop there and as from next week I will post my top 10 travel photography tips. However feel free to ask me a question on taking photos. I may not know the answer but I’ll probably know where to find it! Ciao
Cameras need light and when there’s not enough of it the picture taker has a couple of options. A tripod is the preferable option and I’ll cover that in another tip. So lets talk about ISO. In the days of film you couldn’t change the ISO easily You had to change the film or using exposure compensation “push” or “pull” the film a couple of stops but you couldn’t change back again until you changed the film again. But now the ISO can be changed at a whim. All cameras, including compacts and smartphones these days, have an ISO setting. So there are two options. Have the ISO setting on auto which is fine for the majority of the time. But auto is usually set at a maximum of say 1600 which may not be high enough. Alternatively change the ISO setting to suit the conditions. E.g. in low light select a high ISO. However whilst the top end DSLR’s have amazing results from ridiculously high ISO’s there are some models where grain or noise becomes more pronounced the higher you go. So its worth taking a few images at various settings to see how your model performs at high ISO’s. Having said that grain does add mood to certain scenes. For now though, find that ISO setting!
Perth in Western Australia sits on the western edge of the Australian continent is the world’s most isolated capital city. Its also a city of spectacular scenery and happens to be my home. This is the Swan river that snakes its way some 90 km from its beginnings to the Indian ocean. The city itself is about a km to the east (left). 1/125 @ f8 120MM ISO400
Random images from my portfolio.
Comments and question always welcome.
The low cloud over the Columbia river gorge near Portland presented itself perfectly.
Part of the relativity new London overground travels from North London to Surrey Quays in East London. Actually some of the overground is underground – in fact under water through the oldest tunnel under a navigable river, the Thames Tunnel.
From Surrey Quays station it’s a short walk to Greenfields pier. One of the frequent Thames clippers ferries to the London eye, a very pleasant half an hour, 10 kilometre ride despite the gloomy dark sky and the choppy water. For £6.00 (cheaper with an Oyster card) these clippers will take you from Woolwich to the London Eye passing under several bridges including London and Tower bridges and the infamous Millennium footbridge (pictured here) stopping at several points in between. A really inexpensive way to travel and see the some of the sights of London.
Near the famous tower bridge is Katherine dock, supposedly one of London’s best kept secrets. The Thames path, a 294 km walk that follows the Thames (obviously) from its source in the Cotswolds to Greenwich and almost the North Sea, tracks its way through the docks with even a stop to see the boats pass through the lock.