NPhoto - - The Apprentice -

This pic­ture of Me­di­aCi­tyUK over the wa­ter made a spec­tac­u­lar shot be­cause of the re­flec­tions of the lights in the wa­ter. I wasn’t used to us­ing a tri­pod and long ex­po­sures, and I had also only a month be­fore­hand changed from a D80 to a D7100 but Tim was very pa­tient and coached me through the 20 sec­ond ex­po­sure needed for this pic­ture – and the ef­fect on the wa­ter was amaz­ing, blur­ring the rip­ples in the sur­face to pro­duce this silky sheen. Tim showed me how to use my D7100’s Mir­ror Up mode to min­imise vi­bra­tion, and the 10-20mm Sigma lens that N-Photo brought along was a rev­e­la­tion. I need to get a ca­ble re­lease, though – I found my ML-L3 in­fra-red re­mote an­noy­ing be­cause it kept tim­ing out be­tween shots.

See­ing stars

We moved a few yards to shoot traf­fic trails. The ‘star­burst’ ef­fect around the street lights comes from a small (f/11) lens aper­ture, and older lenses are best for this – newer ones tend to have rounded di­aphragm shapes which pre­vent it.

Clean your lens!

A few specks of dust on your lens might not make much dif­fer­ent in day­time pho­tog­ra­phy, but at night they’re picked out mer­ci­lessly by bright light sources just out­side the frame. You can see the ef­fect here in Ross’s pic­ture of the Lowry Cen­tre. Keep a mi­crofi­bre cloth in your bag, and check your lenses reg­u­larly.

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