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 unspoilt landscapes in England. In honour of this, on Sunday 7th September, Sheffield and Yorkshire based bloggers were invited to attend a photography workshop at Copthorne Hotel Sheffield. Hosting the event was Sheffield-based photographer, Pandora Maund who runs the Going Digital Yorkshire Region, specialising in photography workshops.

For budding photographers, wanting to get the very best out of your camera is quite important. Bloggers were given the opportunity to pose questions to Pandora, to help them understand how to take the best landscape photographs with their cameras. The workshop began with a run through of how to master the mechanics of your camera, before moving on to an outdoor photography challenge at the home of Sheffield United Football Club, situated right next to the hotel.

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

Tripods. Use a tripod, this will help you prevent camera shake and enable you to shoot at slower shutter speeds but also keeping your ISO low for the best quality image. They are also great for low light situations.

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

If the weather's less than perfect…

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

Remember the horizon. Don't forget that you can use the viewfinder grid or levelling feature of your camera to help you line up horizons - there's nothing more annoying than finding that the sea/lake in your photo goes uphill!

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

White balance. Change your White Balance to reflect the weather. Cloudy White Balance is often good for increasing the saturation in the colours, which looks good in landscapes

Polarisers. A polariser is typically used when shooting in bright sunlight, but it can also be effective in overcast conditions to increase saturation, although the results tend to be more subtle.

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

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


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