One day in November 2014

All of these shots were taken on just one day in November 2014, the first shots being 07:56:52 so just before sunrise, and the last of these was shot at 12:29:40 – so that’s just 4 hours 32 minutes and 48 seconds later !!!

Given that these shots are taken from 4 locations close to Keswick, that there’s about 1 mile’s worth of easy flat walking and a stop for coffee & cake within that 4 1/2 hours I’d say this was a pretty good return of images for the time spent

 

On an actual Lake District Landscape Photography Course day I’d be helping YOU to see images like these and then capture them yourself rather than specifically shooting myself; I do need to shoot some images but this is mostly so we can compare & contrast what we all got from the day. It’s all too easy to think… well, he must have been there on a better day than I had – but if we’re shooting together, even though my focus is on YOU, then there’s no excuse later is there? And if my images from the same place, same time and same day are better than yours then I’d be expecting & hoping you’d to be asking why ???

 

My aim on all of my Lake District Landscape Photography Course days is simply to ensure, as much as possible, that you get just as good an image as I do

I don’t “hold-back” any clever or sneaky technique, I just tell you exactly what I’m doing & why and try to ensure you understand exactly what my thought processes and camera techniques are for image capture while also discussing image processing too, which can often have a bearing on how I shoot the way I do. You are then free to accept that info and try it yourself or completely ignore it in favour of some idea or technique you wish to use. You’ll always get the chance to see my images from your day for comparison 🙂

 

A quick explanation of gear used in this set of images…

Camera

a cheapish Nikon DSLR DX body

Lenses

17-55mm f2.8 (for those full-frame users this field of view is equal to about a 24-70mm)

11-16mm f2.8 (a ‘super-wideangle’ lens, full frame equivalent is about 16-24mm)

50mm f1.4 (also known as a nifty-fifty, although this is a ‘fast’ one; full-frame equivalent is 75mm)

Tripod

yep, sometimes, but only for the first few shots of the day where the shutter speed was below 2x the inverse of the focal length (I’ll explain that on the day together)

Filters

NONE – I say that in shouty caps & bold as people often think I must be using filters at capture to control the sky-land exposure range but the simple fact is I think they are pointless and they certainly don’t suit how I shoot !!! And you can be damn sure I explain that on our day together 😀

Others bits

Mirror lock-up to avoid camera shake?

Nope, rarely needed and certainly not on shots like these

Remote shutter trigger to avoid camera shake?

Nope, sometimes needed but not here

Hyperfocal focusing?

Yep, all the time

Typical aperture range?

In this set f4 to f11. Less than f4 wasn’t needed and more than f11 is generally pointless at these focal lengths and it could even soften the images

Manual exposure mode obviously?

Errr nope. And for some this is quite a controversial point too! There’s definitely a place for Manual Exposure mode but rarely for me unless I’m using very slow shutter speeds, so (shock horror) I shoot mostly in Aperture Priority – and you can be damn sure I explain that on our day too

Histogram review?

Nope, and for some this is a very controversial point! I (almost) never use it as its generally pointless; there is a much simpler and more useful tool on most cameras for exposure review and one that works brilliantly with contrasty subjects that my Lake District Landscape Photography Courses give you; and yes, I’m keeping that back for our day together

Metering?

Yes I do that, mostly using the camera’s meter as a guide to an initial exposure setting, which I then tweak as necessary based both on experience and image review. I mostly use the most general metering mode, often referred to as Matrix. Others such as Spot, Zone, Centre-weighted or whatever other variants your camera may have are unnecessary in Landscape Photography

RAW or JPEG?

RAW – ALWAYS – jpegs are great for family holiday snaps ONLY

Bit depth?

Highest the camera will do

White Balance?

Irrelevant at capture

HDR?

Sometimes, but not in this set of images. The ‘trick’ with HDR (which is a post-processing technique for back on your computer and that requires shooting in a specific way to get the best out of it) is in capturing the full dynamic range if you can. Many ‘HDR’ images are actually made to look bizarre due to what’s called Tone Mapping, which is a stage of the whole image processing and one you can easily keep within the realms of good taste or blow into surrealistic colours if you so wish; there’s a place for both types of processing

Anything else?

Yep, LOTS of things to taken into account both from image capture, setting up your camera the right way to give you the best chances of success, compositional technique and consideration of post-processing, and ALL will be covered on our day together

 

If you’d like to spend a day with me learning how to capture and create images like these then click here for my 1-2-1 course day info (but I’m happy to do up to 3-2-1 too if you have a couple of mates you wish to come along with), or click here for info on Group Photography Courses or even Tag-alongs, and if you really want to learn and experience the beautiful Lake District even more, then click here to arrange to come along on a 3, 5 or even 7 day Lake District Photography Holiday 🙂

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