#1 Be smart with your plan­ning

Practical Photography (UK) - - 10 Clicks -

IF YOU WANT TO TURN the vi­sion in your mind into a per­fectly ex­e­cuted pho­to­graph, it of­ten pays to do some plan­ning and prepa­ra­tion ahead of shoot­ing. Jakub Bors (bor­sphoto.com) was metic­u­lous in his build-up to tak­ing this shot, and it shows.

“When it comes to pho­tog­ra­phy I see the world around me full of drama, ro­mance and sat­u­ra­tion. I love to share my pho­tos with all those in­gre­di­ents and hope that they will cre­ate emo­tions in peo­ple who see them.

This photo, from un­der the West­min­ster Bridge in Lon­don, re­quired, just like most of my pho­tos, cor­rect tim­ing and prepa­ra­tion as I wanted to cre­ate a ro­man­tic movie-like scene. I spend a lot of time hunt­ing around the web to get in­spi­ra­tion and find out the best pos­si­ble spots and com­po­si­tions for my next trip. I write them all down and then plan the photo shoot. This works great, es­pe­cially when I am spend­ing only a short pe­riod of time at one lo­ca­tion and I don’t have time to dis­cover the place by my­self.

West­min­ster Bridge is a busy area and the tim­ing for the street lamps, golden sky and sun­set colours had to be right, with the Fe­bru­ary sun­set last­ing for only a short pe­riod of time. There was not much light un­der the bridge but plenty out­side, so I had to bracket this shot and get tonal de­tails for the en­tire pic­ture be­fore bring­ing them back by us­ing Light­room and Aurora HDR.”

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