Step by step cam­era and lens setup

Learn how to get the most from your lake­side location when the weather doesn’t play ball

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01 take Shel­ter

Find some­where you can set up out of the direct rain­fall. Most DSLRS are wa­ter­proof to an ex­tent, but it’s hard to feel creative when you’re soak­ing wet. Mount your cam­era on a tri­pod, and ad­just the height so it’s straight-on to your sub­ject and the hori­zon line.

02 com­pose the frame

In­stead of a wide-an­gle, use a flex­i­ble zoom lens such as a 24-105mm. You could also try a prime lens such as a 50mm. We ex­per­i­mented with both, iso­lat­ing the sub­ject and cre­at­ing a more com­pact frame. Turn on Live View mode to com­pose the shot more eas­ily.

03 cam­era Set­tings

Set the DSLR to its low­est ISO and an aper­ture of around f/11. Work in Man­ual ex­po­sure mode, ex­pose for the bright­est part of the scene (use the his­togram) and man­u­ally fo­cus on the point where the re­flec­tion meets the sub­ject. Ac­ti­vate Self-timer shoot­ing mode.

04 fil­ter and Shoot

If there is glare on the wa­ter, re­duce it by at­tach­ing a po­lar­iz­ing fil­ter. Twist the fil­ter un­til you see it hav­ing an ef­fect on the LCD screen. If the re­flec­tion is a few stops darker than the sky, add on a grad­u­ated neu­tral den­sity fil­ter too. When you’re happy, fire the shut­ter.

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