Have fun at the fair

From long ex­po­sures to HDR and re­portage, there are plenty of ways to pho­to­graph your lo­cal fun fair, as James Pater­son ex­plains

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From long ex­po­sures to HDR, doc­u­men­tary style to re­portage, there are plenty of un­usual ways that you can cap­ture your lo­cal fun fair

Fair­grounds and fun­fairs of­fer all kinds of op­por­tu­ni­ties for great photos. First and fore­most are the rides – all twirling metal and lights. Then there are the thrill-seek­ing pun­ters, the colour­ful sideshows and all the other de­tails of the fair. With such vi­brant vis­ual treats, it’s not hard to come away with knock­out photos.

It’s the thrill of high-speed ac­tion that draws the crowds to the fair, and all that mo­tion is just as en­tic­ing to pho­tog­ra­phers. Armed with a tri­pod and a few sim­ple cam­era skills we can cap­ture the ac­tion as beau­ti­ful blurred mo­tion. But shoot­ing the fair isn’t just all about the blur – there are plenty of other tricks to try, as we’ll ex­plain.

As with any type of pho­tog­ra­phy, the light plays a huge part. Land­scape pho­tog­ra­phers reap the re­wards of the golden hour, but it’s the blue hour that of­ten comes up trumps here – that time of day when the sun has dipped be­low the hori­zon and the light drops enough to draw out shut­ter speeds into sev­eral sec­onds…

With such vi­brant vis­ual treats, it’s not hard to come away with knock­out photos

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