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Photographing natural subjects


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A presentation to accompany a talk given by Mike Sleigh on photographing 'Natural' subjects.

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Photographing natural subjects

  1. 1. Photographing Natural Subjects With Photographer Mike Sleigh from Polypodphoto
  2. 2. Photographing natural subjects can be especially challenging as you can be working under difficult conditions, the weather! – wind, rain, changeable light The subject may be moving, is too far away or is not looking at its best.
  3. 3. Actually seeing what you are shooting is as important as knowing how to take the photograph - it’s all down to the eye of the photographer Having expensive equipment may not always help!
  4. 4. Are you happy with the quality of your photos? Quality can be dependent on the camera, how it’s been set up by the photographer and then how the camera is actually used What can the photographer do to get better photographs? It’s down to the ability of the photographer and also the capability of the camera equipment used
  5. 5. Picture Composition Good subject composition and framing can turn an ordinary picture into a great photograph
  6. 6. Points to consider before taking the photo Look at the subject and see what’s in the shot – can the shot be better composed or framed? Is the light right? Does the photo/subject require good lighting? With natural subjects shooting in the RIGHT LIGHT is important to get a good result
  7. 7. Can the camera be focused on the part of the photo that needs to be in focus? If a ‘creative’ photo is required can it be taken with a compact camera? Camera shake leading to a blurred photo can be a problem - more likely when using the telephoto end of a zoom lens
  8. 8. The Camera Has it got manual settings controlling Aperture and Shutter Speed (and ISO)? or has it got ‘creative zone’ settings? To get better images it’s usually necessary to have some control over the shutter speed and aperture settings Plants can move in the wind, light can change
  9. 9. ISO - change the ISO to suit the situation Automatic Shooting - select pictograms/symbols for the type of target subject Advanced Shooting - selection of ‘modes’ to suit the situation or setting the aperture and shutter speed independently Shutter Speed & Aperture
  10. 10. Focusing Depth of Field Focal Length of Lenses Types of Lenses
  11. 11. Camera Settings ISO Image Recording Quality RAW White Balance Flash on/flash off
  12. 12. Image Processing Output Resolution, image size and quality Printing
  13. 13. Photographic Equipment & Accessories Lenses – wide angle, telephoto/zoom & macro Extension tubes and supplementary lenses Filters – correction & polarizing Tripods, Monopods, Camera bags Flash guns, Reflectors
  14. 14. Some extra kit useful for Nature Photography: Background paper. Grey Card. Misc. Pegs, clamps, wire and tape. Waterproof bag/plastic sack. Small stepladder. Notebook & pen. Tablet computer. Mobile phone. And don’t forget your waterproofs & boots!
  15. 15. Insects
  16. 16. Birds
  17. 17. People
  18. 18. Plants
  19. 19. Fungi
  20. 20. Trees
  21. 21. Views
  22. 22. Rocks
  23. 23. Skyscapes
  24. 24. It’s all about being in the right place, at the right time with the right light!
  25. 25. Mike Sleigh