Hot-shots pho­tog­ra­phy

The Insider's Guide to New Zealand - - SOUTH ISLAND - Ge­off Mar­shall, gmar­shall@par­adise.net.nz

When I ar­rive in a new town or lo­ca­tion I try to iden­tify the unique fea­tures that iden­tify the lo­ca­tion and then em­pha­size these fea­tures in my im­ages.

I was in Hamil­ton for a few days and knew that row­ing on the river was a reg­u­lar ac­tiv­ity. On this morn­ing the mists that the Waikato is fa­mous for were present so an early morn­ing walk by the river seemed a good idea. I was walk­ing be­side the river and feel­ing dis­ap­pointed that I hadn’t found any good im­ages, when sud­denly, out of the mist, came the row­ers. As they went sweep­ing past I had to act quickly to get the im­age be­fore they dis­ap­peared into the mist again. The key to re­act­ing quickly to a sit­u­a­tion is know­ing your equip­ment well and hav­ing the cam­era modes and set­tings al­ready set up for an­tic­i­pated im­ages. Pho­tog­ra­phy is all about light. While you don’t have con­trol of the po­si­tion of the sun, you can pre­dict where the sun will be at dif­fer­ent times of the day, and of the year. Then re­turn to a scene at the time when the sun will be where you want it. Some­times this can mean wait­ing sev­eral months, but it is worth the ef­fort.

To make your im­ages stand out try dif­fer­ent an­gles. Don’t shoot ev­ery­thing from shoul­der height. Try shoot­ing from ground level, or find a way of get­ting a high view­point.

Find other el­e­ments to in­clude in the im­age, such as veg­e­ta­tion in the fore­ground of a land­scape. To give land­scapes a three-di­men­sional qual­ity, make sure you have el­e­ments that are close to the cam­era – a fore­ground, as well as mid­dle ground and back­ground. The key thing is not to be over­whelmed with the tech­ni­cal as­pects of pho­tog­ra­phy and re­mem­ber tak­ing photos is all about hav­ing fun. What­ever your level, your pho­tog­ra­phy will im­prove if you prac­tice it, so go out and en­joy.

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