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  • Better Photos Blog 2:02 pm on April 11, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: , , , photographing waterfalls, photography, polarising filters   

    Photographing Waterfalls 

    How to Photograph Waterfalls

    Photographing Waterfalls by Better Photos

    Waterfall and Oak Leaf

    Here are some tips to get you taking better photographs of waterfalls:

    1) Use a tripod.

    2) Use a slow shutter speed (of between 2 and 25 seconds) to get the water looking silky-smooth.

    3) Photograph waterfalls in the low-light of early morning or evening to ensure you can set a sufficiently slow shutter speed.

    4) Use a polarising filter. It will slow down your shutter speed, remove glare and saturate colours.

    5) Check your camera’s LCD after taking each photograph to ensure that the water’s highlights are not ‘blown out’. (Set your highlight alert warning in your camera menu – and blown out highlights will appear as a blinking warning on your LCD). Reduce your EV (see earlier post) until the ‘blinkies’ stop.

    Waterfall and Oak Leaf

    Photo Info: Aperture F20, Shutter speed 20 seconds, ISO 100, Lens focal length 28mm, polarising filter.

    Want to learn how to photograph waterfalls?

    Better Photos runs Waterfalls for Beginners courses in the Lake District (UK).

  • Better Photos Blog 9:19 pm on March 27, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: , , photography, photography tuition   

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  • Better Photos Blog 9:01 am on February 28, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: aperture priority, , , , , , photography   

    BBC Radio Cumbria interview on Friday, 26th February, 2010 

    I was interviewed again on Friday, 26th February at the BBC Radio Cumbria studios. This time, I talk about aperture settings, shooting in burst mode and discuss a favourite photography location in the Lake District, Cumbria.

    The interview can be listened to again using the BBC iPlayer. Press start and move the slider to 1 hour into the show. (It will be available for a few more weeks.)

    You can hear my interview on BBC Radio Cumbria by following this link:


  • Better Photos Blog 9:08 am on February 15, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: A mode, aperture prioity, AV mode, camera settings, , , photography   

    Camera Settings: Aperture Priority Mode (AV or A) 

    Using AV or A mode to set aperture

    When you turn your camera dial to AV or A you can choose your required aperture setting. You set the aperture and the camera reads the light in the scene and calculates a shutter speed that will correctly expose the image. Whichever aperture you choose, the camera makes adjustments in shutter speed based on the prevailing light levels. This means that if you took a series of shots, one after the other, at different apertures and under the same light conditions, the images are exposed in the same way (i.e. have the same level of brightness).

    Why use Aperture Priority mode?

    Turning your camera dial to AV or A enables you to set different apertures, which changes the depth of field of your photographs. For example, you might be taking portrait photos and want the background to appear blurred (a shallow depth of field – low ‘F’ aperture number ), or taking photographs of landscapes, where you want the foreground, middle-ground and background to appear sharp (a large depth of field – high ‘F’ aperture number).

    How to use AV mode

    1) Turn your camera dial to AV or A mode.

    2) Adjust the aperture – F number (check your camera manual to find out how to change aperture, which varies slightly from model to model).

    3) Press the shutter half way to focus/meter the light.

    4) Take the shot.

  • Better Photos Blog 11:39 am on January 21, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: , , Friar's Crag, Keswick, , photo locations, photography, Theatre by the Lake   

    View across frozen Derwentwater, Lake District 

    I took this photograph last week when Derwentwater in the UK Lake District was frozen over. It was a bright, sunny morning and the views were spectacular.

    Frozen Derwentwater, Lake District, UK

    Frozen Derwentwater

    It’s taken from near Friar’s Crag, an attractive viewpoint which overlooks the lake with views across to the popular peak of Cat Bells. It is a short walk from Theatre by the Lake in Keswick. The water level was low, so I could get low down for this shot and show the boulders in the foreground.

    This area is a good place to photograph at any time of year but get there early to avoid jostling with other photographers and sight seers. On sunny mornings, the peaks are lit with a beautiful warm glow, making them even more photogenic.

    Location fact file: Friar’s Crag, Derwentwater. Grid Reference: NY 263 222. Park on the pay and display near Theatre by the Lake in Keswick. Walk down towards the lake and past the boats and jetties. Continue walking along the path that runs parallel to the lake for around 5 minutes. Friar’s Crag is a rocky knoll on the lake shore.

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