Six ways to cap­ture the fun

NPhoto - - Nikon Skills -

1 Freeze the ac­tion

While it’s still light you can cap­ture doc­u­men­tary-style shots of peo­ple. A stan­dard zoom lens is ideal for por­traits, and a longer zoom for pick­ing out thrill-seek­ers on the rides. Use shut­ter-pri­or­ity mode with a fast shut­ter speed of 1/500 sec or more to freeze the ac­tion.

2 Shoot in the blue hour

About 30 min­utes after sun­set, put your Nikon on a tri­pod and at­tach a cable re­lease (or use the self timer). Start in aper­ture-pri­or­ity mode at ISO100 and an aper­ture of f/22. This will re­sult in a slow shut­ter speed – here ours is half a se­cond and the re­sult is beau­ti­ful mo­tion blur.

3 Go ab­stract

Once the sky is dark you can achieve shut­ter speeds of 20 sec­onds or more, which turns rides into ab­stract pat­terns of light. Man­ual mode is best; start with ISO100, aper­ture f/8, shut­ter speed 20 secs and take a test shot, then ad­just the aper­ture or shut­ter speed if nec­es­sary

4 Work the an­gles

With so many colour­ful metal­lic ob­jects on dis­play at the fair there will be plenty of in­ter­est­ing an­gles, so don’t just go for the stan­dard view. It could mean get­ting down re­ally low, or in close to the ride, or you could try giv­ing the frame a lit­tle cre­ative tilt like this.

5 Try an HDR

Why not cap­ture a set of ex­po­sures for an HDR? Use a tri­pod, shoot in man­ual mode and ad­just the shut­ter speed to cap­ture three or more var­ied ex­po­sures (or use your Nikon’s brack­et­ing mode). Use Pho­to­shop or HDR soft­ware to merge the set into one de­tail-rich frame.

6 Think out­side the box

Try iso­lat­ing de­tails of the rides and con­trast them with the sur­round­ings. You’ll usu­ally find plenty of in­ter­est­ing art­work to play with. When it comes to edit­ing your photos why not give your can­dids a doc­u­men­tary feel with a punchy black-and-white con­ver­sion?

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