Toast of the Town – Yorkshire landscape photography tips

Sep 05,2014

Riding on the crest of our 'Toast of the Town'wave, we're back! This time shining the spotlight on Sheffield.Yorkshire is home to some of the most beautiful, and unspoiltlandscapes in England. In honour of this, on Sunday 7thSeptember, Sheffield and Yorkshire based bloggers were invited toattend a photography workshop at Copthorne HotelSheffield. Hosting the event was Sheffield-based photographer,Pandora Maund who runs the Going DigitalYorkshire Region, specialising in photography workshops.

For budding photographers, wanting to get the verybest out of your camera is quite important. Bloggers were given theopportunity to pose questions to Pandora, to help them understandhow to take the best landscape photographs with their cameras. Theworkshop began with a run through of how to master the mechanics ofyour camera, before moving on to an outdoor photography challengeat the home of Sheffield United Football Club, situated right nextto the hotel.

We took note of Pandora's advice, so here are someof her top tips on photographing the beautiful Yorkshirescenery.

Tripods. Use a tripod, this willhelp you prevent camera shake and enable you to shoot at slowershutter speeds but also keeping your ISO low for the best qualityimage. They are also great for low light situations.

Lens hood. If it's a bright day, alens hood is invaluable. It prevents stray light from the sunfrom accidentally getting into your lens and creating bright spotsknown as flare on the image.

If the weather's less thanperfect…

Don't despair if the light isn't ideal forphotographing landscapes - if it's a dull day the light willprobably be perfect for close-up shots. If you look aroundyou'll be sure to find an interesting shot.

Remember the horizon. Don'tforget that you can use the viewfinder grid or levelling feature ofyour camera to help you line up horizons - there's nothing moreannoying than finding that the sea/lake in your photo goesuphill!

Too bright? Watch out for'burnt-out' areas of your image, which are parts of the photo thatare so bright that no data has been captured (often in the sky).These are common on very sunny days. You can switch onthe flashing highlight warning in your camera so that you canclearly see the burnt out areas when you review your shots.The solution is to use your camera's Exposure Compensation todarken your next shot (look for the +/- button on the camera) anddial in -2/3 or -1 stop and take another shot. Thatwill give you better detail throughout your image, although it willdarken the whole shot slightly, but you should be able to brightenup the darker areas on the computer later, so all is not lost!

White balance. Change yourWhite Balance to reflect the weather. Cloudy White Balance is oftengood for increasing the saturation in the colours, which looks goodin landscapes

Polarisers. A polariser istypically used when shooting in bright sunlight, but it can also beeffective in overcast conditions to increase saturation, althoughthe results tend to be more subtle.

Composition. Most of all,remember to take your time over your shots and review themregularly - if you don't like them, could you retake the shot witha different composition that would be more pleasing?

Follow the 'Toast of the Town' trail by checking the What's Onblog to find out where the next event will be held and on Twitter@MillenniumEU tojoin the conversation at #ToastoftheTown and #MyCityView.


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