The N-Photo ex­perts say…

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Pack a Tri­pod

To nail your com­po­si­tion, take a tri­pod with you. If you find it tricky to carry lots of gear, in­vest in a light­weight tri­pod made from alu­minium or car­bon fi­bre. Mount­ing your Nikon on a tri­pod leaves both hands free to ma­nip­u­late the fram­ing and set­tle on one fixed po­si­tion.

Pri­ori­tise Aper­ture

Set Aper­ture Pri­or­ity mode so you can de­cide on the depth of field. When your sub­jects are static, like th­ese struc­tures, shut­ter speed doesn’t mat­ter as much, so you can be as fierce with your aper­ture as you like. Go for a nar­row aper­ture such as f/16 to in­crease the depth of field.

Con­sider Weight­ing

Think about the visual weight in your images. If there’s a dark sec­tion on the left of your frame, do you want a light sec­tion to the right? Your eye is drawn to the bright­est part of a photo, so ask your­self if the tonal bal­ance of your photo is keep­ing the eye in­side the frame.

Try Go­ing Mono

Gior­gio’s use of black and white is pur­pose­ful. By mak­ing the more com­plex im­age monochro­matic, he places fo­cus on the tex­ture rather than any par­tic­u­lar sub­ject in the photo. Mono­chrome doesn’t just mean black and white, though – it means ‘one colour’ – so ex­per­i­ment.

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