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Top Ten Photography Tips with Steve Hedges

Steve -webSteve Hedges runs photography courses at FSC Flatford Mill. Steve has been a professional photographer for the last twenty-seven years. During his career he has photographed a huge variety of subjects including public relations photography, commercial photography, portraiture, weddings, landscape and nature. Steve is fully qualified with the Master Photographer's Association and the Royal Photographic Society. He has also been shortlisted in the 2011 and 2014 and 2015 Outdoor photographer of the year competitions and in the British Wildlife photographer of the year competition twice.

Ahead of Steve's course, 'Photography for Beginners and Improvers', in July we asked him what his top ten photography tips are...

 

Top ten tips:

1. Be clear in your own mind what the subject is. What message are you conveying to your viewer?

2. Make sure you have a fully charged battery and room on your memory card before going out to do some photography.

3. If you are photographing on the coast check the tide times. Some locations are better at low tide, some at high tide.

4. Check weather apps so that you have the right weather and light for the subject you are photographing.

5. Use a tripod for landscape photography. It slows the picture-taking process down and helps when fine-tuning the composition.

6. Use the “rule of thirds”. Place the main subject off centre to create a more dynamic composition.

7. Shoot early morning or in the evening for better quality light.

8. Cloudy days are good for photographing moving water, flowers or close-up subjects.

9. When taking action or wildlife pictures, don’t keep looking at the images on the back of the camera that you have already taken; you will almost certainly miss a great picture if you do.

10. Keep the picture simple

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Thursday, June 20, 2019