Hopefully this is proof that you don’t need a fancy camera to take great photos – I get fed up hearing of this!! Especially all of you that have I-phones!
As promised, I’m going to expand on the photographs of my last post and share with you some of my favourite images of the evening walking around Forvie NNR. I did take photos with both my phone and my camera. I still am impressed by the quality of the HDR mode of my Samsung S5 neo. See if you can guess which ones are which. Answers at the bottom….
One of these following two is my £300 phone, the other, my £900 camera. Do I feel a little cheated?!
1 or 2….1 or 2…?! Which one do you prefer?
This was my favourite photo of the walk – but what did I take it on?
Please leave your thoughts in the comments and share with your friends to prove a point 😉
Walking and/or running 50 miles in 7 days isn’t too bad! I must say that my legs are feeling it a little though.
Days 5 and 6 of my John O’ Groats to Lands End Challenge went pretty well. A few miles walking round at work and a 6 mile run from the nearest local town home each day helped bring in a few miles. Cue sunset number one…
Day 7 took me on a beautiful evening through Forvie NNR this time with camera in hand. I’m just going to show a few photos here to give you an idea. I’ll write a longer post with more images at a later date, but this will whet your appetite hopefully! The advantages of getting outside are now becoming evident to me….
These photos on this page were actually all taken with my phone. I never cease to be amazed by the quality of photographs that phones can churn out nowadays. Despite the fact that I had my big camera on me, most photos I took were in HDR mode on my phone.
It’ll be interesting to compare them to those taken in RAW on my camera, especially the ones looking down the coast.
Hopefully you had some nice walks outside too over the last few days!
Here are a few black and white photos I took last weekend. What do you think?
Black and white photos can be so soothing. Not all photographs will work as black and white but I think these do. They are particularly good when there is texture involved and that texture has many shades of grey.
With Part 1 and Part 2 out the way, this is my final post on how to change the way you think about taking photos. Hopefully through the three posts you will be inspired to go and take photos. I’d love to see what you have taken – feel free to leave links to your photos below in the comments section.
Nineteen: Use your fellow photographers as models
Although photographers don’t always make the best models, feel free to grab someone you go out photographing with and get them to pose for you.
Twenty: Look for complementary shapes
I don’t think this is a great photo but I love how this Allium head reflects the clipped ball Buxus in the background.
Twenty-One: Be empowered by archways
Archways are so photogenic.
Twenty-Two: Look for repeating patterns
Repeating patterns can look great in a photo often in black and white.
Twenty-Three: Shoot flowers
If it’s a grey day, then it’s perfect for photographing flowers. Don’t worry if you can’t get close, photograph them in their surroundings.
Twenty-Four: Give an idea of environment or context
Find something interesting in the foreground and allow the background to fade out into the distance.
Twenty-Five: Take a ‘frothy’ image
I’m in love with this style of image at the moment. The style where nothing in particular is in focus, but the frame is filled with lots of a similar thing. Great for background images with a blurring filter.
That’s it for just now. I’m sure I will share some more images and ideas in the future. This is where we visited. Why not go down to your local park with a few interested friends or colleagues and have a go?
Despite there being lots of works on at the moment to improve the park, which at first glance may seem messy and destructive, Seaton Park, in my opinion, is looking as beautiful as ever. All thanks, of course to the hard work and patience of the gardeners, the local council and The Friends of Seaton Park. I hope these photos do it some justice.
On saturday I mentioned my first 9 tips on how to change the way you take photographs. Here are my next 9 ideas.
Ten: Rule of Thirds
If you drew lines in your photo to divide it into thirds, the places where these lines intersect are natural aesthetic positions for an object to be. Aim to place the object of interest where these grid lines intersect. You can often add gridlines to your camera viewfinder or screen.
Eleven: Break the Rule of Thirds
Place your object right in the centre of your photo and see if it works.
Twelve: Go Square
The square format is great. It’s the format of choice for Instagram and is great for really focusing in on a subject. You’ll see many of my photos here have been cropped to the square format.
Thirteen: Look for Something Which Stands Out in a Scene
Find something that doesn’t fit into a photograph and enhance it.
Fourteen: Try Simplistic and Minimal Subject Matter
Completely blur out your background using a large aperture to keep your photo focused on one thing.
Fifteen: Quirky Signs
Capture a candid of something which is out of place that might be seen as fun in years to come.
Sixteen: Try Abstract
Look for unusual detail. Think of something that would fit more into a modern art museum that a photograph you would show your mum.
Seventeen: Look for Interesting Shapes and Positioning
Think about how objects are connected in a scene. Are things in order or is one thing out of place?
Eighteen: Look for complementing colour and texture
Find harmonious colours and textures and try to photograph why they look good together.
That’s the last one for today. Check back Wednesday for the last installment!
As I mentioned previously some friends and I recently went on an evening after work taking photos. I thought I would share with you some of my top tips when it comes to taking photographs and how I consider different aspects of a scene. This will be Part 1 of 3, so I hope that you will also join me for the next parts on Monday and Wednesday.
The idea is, if you’re just getting into photography to suggest some things to think about to change how you take photos and for those more seasoned experts, maybe some inspiration. In my opinion none of these images are going to win any competitions but they were all taken within a couple of hours and they demonstrate perfectly how photographers can see things differently.
One: Frame the photo with something
Leaves, a window, a building, a fence – it provides focus.
Two: Zoom in – try and find things in the distance.
Zooming in changes the perspective and makes things seem closer together than they are.
Three: Get down low
Look at what’s happening under your feet. A low perspective emphasizes size and scale differences.
Four: Aim up high
Point your camera upwards or get a higher vantage point. It can give the impression of things towering above you.
Five: Be quick to act to changes in light
Lighting is around 90% of a photo in my opinion so be quick to act when the light changes. Have locations in mind that you would like to return to when the light is better. Generally evenings and mornings are best but it depends what you want to photograph – cloudy days are better for flowers.
Six: Look for unusual colour combinations
Sometimes the light or a different view can change the colours of things completely. Find a colour combo you like and try different angles to highlight them each in different ways.
Seven: Go black and white
Black and white looks best where there is good contrast across the image. Red and green will look the same shade of grey hence why colour blind people can’t tell the difference.
Eight: Use lead-in lines
Lead-in lines do just that – they lead your eyes into the frame of the photograph and leave to wondering what lies beyond them.
Nine: Try an easy ‘fake’ infra-red filter effect
If you are lucky enough to have photo-editing software, try converting your photo to black and white and lightening only the green tones in your image. What you get is a really easy way to make a ‘fake’ infra red effect which is where all the plant foliage goes white.
We have a group of us at work who are all keen on photography. We went on a walkabout last night around the local park. I haven’t had a chance to go through all the photos properly yet but here are a few.
I think that everyone has a list of favourite places to go or be. Glen Tanar NNR, near Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, is one of those places which is in my Top 10. I can easily spend a good few hours wandering up and down paths or a good day venturing further up the valley.
It’s a fantastic place to photograph especially in the evening when the mist starts rising through the trees. It was a glorious sunny day on Thursday – one of the best this year – when I had a wonder around. The harsh contrast between highlights and shadows makes it difficult to take pictures in such sunny conditions but I certainly enjoyed the walk and have a few images to share with you.
It’s a few pounds for the car park and there is a small visitor centre with toilets. There are well signposted walks of a mile or too or if you fancy there are also longer walks. For example if you fancy a munro, there is always Mount Keen, although be prepared for a 7 mile walk before you even start ascending it.
I’ll share some autumn pictures with you at some point. Do you have some favourite places you like to visit as much as you can?
Thought I would continue with the Scottish walk photographs after Loch Lomond last night. These were taken a year or two ago at the start of the long distance Great Glen Way walk which takes you from Fort William, all the way up Loch Ness and up to Inverness. They also show the Caledonian Canal which also can take you along the same route but via water! You can see Ben Nevis in the background of some of the photos.
Just thought I would share three black and white photos I took of Loch Lomond, in previous years, tonight. They are taken just north of Balmaha a little along the West Highland Way long distance path. It is a beautiful route achievable over 4-5 days. You can even get people to transport your bags around for you so you can fully enjoy the walk. It takes in some of the best views in Scotland including those of the Loch Lomond National Park seen here. I would highly recommend it as a ‘thing to do.’ Hope you enjoy.
Well, playing with smoke to be precise. I made these really fun images a while ago after seeing the technique in a photography magazine. What annoys me is I can’t really remember how I did them. I used a candle, though you can use incense as this can produce better smoke. You need a black background and a lighting source, a tripod and of course your camera. And that’s about all I remember.
I remember tweaking around with them in Photoshop a bit improving contrast and saturation to get the vivid, dynamic colours. Also I mirrored them all to get more interesting sames and patterns.
This is definitely a fun thing to do on a dark, rainy day. You don’t even need electricity! I’d love to see your images. I’d like to try these again on my new camera as I have some noise in these and each shape will always be unique – see how you get on!
I decided to trawl through my photographic archives for tonight’s post. I’ve collected together some, hopefully, inspiring images to get you to consider looking up at the trees against the low winter sun. It’s a perfect time to pick out shapes and intricate detail in the texture of branches.
Black and white oaks taken on a film camera
Scot’s Pine in evening light
Evening light at Kindrogan
Silhouetted trees and grass at Kew
Tree branches frame the town hall in Boston
My camera skills have improved somewhat since taking most of these photos so these are nowhere near my best or favourite ones but I’m showing them as a different perspective. I think I may do a study of these when I next go out with my camera – tree silhouettes could make for a fascinating subject especially if combined together on a mosaic mood board….
Let me know if I have inspired you to go out and take some tree pictures!