I did two night shoots in London over January, in central and at the Winter Lights display in Canary Wharf. Practised using different lenses and zoom blast with tripod. One of the interesting aspects was editing using photoshop and the magnetic lassoo tool to brighten some areas of a picture while darkening others. I posted … Continue reading Winter Lights: Night photography in London
Spent a morning on the north bank of the Thames, practising ND filters and long exposure from last term. Also went beyond camera raw and used Photoshop properly for the first time to lighten the foreground only by masking, and also to enhance the natural drama of the sky.
Having been given a Nikon D500 at Christmas by dh, I spent some time mainly familiarising myself with the new controls in Kew Gardens and on Richmond Riverside, when a gentle sunset at an exceptionally high tide obliged nicely. The controls turned out to be surprisingly intuitive. Focusing is so much easier and the colours … Continue reading Landscapes with new camera
Working in Nigeria, Africa for a week, most of my pictures were for work and not relevant to this course. However, this one was a picture of the new Catholic church being built at Caritas hq in Abuja. With the dawn breaking, there was a brief moment of a few minutes to capture the perfect … Continue reading LO 1, 2, 3 Light and landscape: Africa
Juanita and I went on a beginner's night-time photography class through London Photographic on Meet-Up. We started at Bankside near Tate Modern and moved up the river, finishing at Tower Bridge as the sun finally set. Experimenting with long exposures, ND filter, white balance, light trails. (I put two of these photos on Unsplash)
This week we practised night photography on bulb setting, and use of an ND filter.
This week we worked on: Focus - raise ISO for faster shutter speed for sharper focus. If use image stabiliser/vibration reduction, turn off when using tripod. Or camera will compensate for something that’s not happening. Look at how camera focuses, and where camera focuses How: AF-S - (Single - locks focus on one object. Use … Continue reading Unit 1: manual
An evening walk around the Serpentine in Hyde Park. I waited for a day when a good sunset beckoned to go into London to catch Henry Moore's famous arch on the Serpentine, taking it from both sides of the river as the evening drew to a close, along with the fountains at the western end. … Continue reading Unit 1: aperture priority
St Dunstan-in-the-East, London. I've always wanted to photograph this church, built in 1100, burned in the Great Fire in 1666 then wrecked in WWII. Instead of being rebuilt, it was turned into a public garden. Looking through the gothic tracery to the west just after sunrise in the east, the sun catches the burnished top … Continue reading Unit 1: aperture, ISO, exposure compensation, composition