TIPS FOR GET­TING A BET­TER PIC­TURE

Fu­ji­film am­bas­sador and judge Mark Gil­li­gan (www.wast­wa­ter pho­tog­ra­phy.co.uk) con­tin­ues his se­ries of top tips on how to get a bet­ter moun­tain shot…

Trail (UK) - - Base Camp -

1 Travel light

Chang­ing to a mir­ror­less SLR set-up five years ago helped me shed a few pounds. I found that I was get­ting the same qual­ity with a lot less weight.

2 Lenses

I tend to have two lenses to hand – a wide an­gle and a zoom (Fu­ji­film XF10-24 and XF16-55). How­ever, it does all de­pend on your ob­jec­tive and dif­fer­ent shots will re­quire a dif­fer­ent lens.

3 Tripods

Love ’em or hate ’em they are use­ful. For moun­tain pho­tog­ra­phy you need a sturdy light­weight one, but you will need to be mind­ful of the wind. A hook un­der­neath the cen­tre column helps as you can hang your bag on it for ex­tra bal­last. By ‘up­ping’ the ISO you can take per­fectly good hand-held shots, but for ef­fects such as slow-mov­ing clouds or silky wa­ter it’s usu­ally best to have a tri­pod on hand.

4 Cable re­lease

Al­though you can use the cam­era’s timer to re­duce shake, it's best to con­trol ex­actly when you want the shot to be taken, so in­vest in a cable re­lease or in­fra-red re­mote. I pre­fer the cable re­lease as it doesn’t rely on an­other bat­tery that can and will lose power just when you don’t want it to.

5 Cloth­ing

Buy the best moun­tain cloth­ing you can af­ford and al­ways take plenty of lay­ers so you're pre­pared for chang­ing weather con­di­tions. It’s so easy to get cold when you’re stop­ping to com­pose an im­age or to look for that per­fect shot.

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