technique

Photography at the coast tips

Coastlines, whether they’re rocky or sandy, are usually exciting places to photograph. This is mainly due to the effects of the tides, which constantly alter the appearance of a coastline. This variability means you have to have your wits about you. If you don’t you may come away disappointed with your photographs. Here are a few helpful tips that may just come in useful…

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Learning Zone

It’s always gratifying to hear from people who’ve come across my website and enjoyed looking at it. Sometimes I even learn a thing or two in the process. On that note I’d like to thank Rachel, Mary and Jennifer for sending me this link. Hope you enjoy reading about the evolution of the camera as much as I did.

Mastering Landscape Photography

I’ve just received the final artwork through for the cover of my next book: Mastering Landscape Photography.

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Slow down or speed up?

It’s a touch ironic, but conveying a sense of movement in a photo is more readily achieved by slowing down the shutter speed. Using a fast shutter speed freezes movement. The results may be pin-sharp but they can look oddly static. However, the longer the shutter speed, the more any movement during exposure is blurred and softened.

Take a look at the two photos above. The top photo was shot with a fast shutter speed: 1/750 of a second. The lower photo with a much slower shutter speed: 1/10 of a second (which required using the smallest possible aperture on the lens and base ISO on the camera – though I could have achieved a similar effect by using an ND filter).

The first photo looks like a sedate day at the fair, the second like a white-knuckle ride of terror. It wasn’t of course, but this is the impression you’d come away with if you didn’t any know better. So, when you want your subject to look as though it’s moving try slowing down rather than speeding up…

May - Lights!

No Photoshop required…

Telephoto lens + wet window + out-of-focus streetlights = colourful abstract photo. Who needs Adobe Photoshop when you can do this sort of thing in-camera?