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The A to Z of Travel Photography

Whether you’re off to an exotic destination or visiting a new place closer to home, our guide will set you on the right track for brilliant pictures.

A is for Aperture

Aperture Priority is the king of exposure modes for travel shots. It’s a semi-automatic mode where you choose the aperture value to control how deep the zone of sharp focus is within the shot, and the camera sets the shutter speed to give a good exposure.

Large apertures like f/2.8 or f/4 will give a shallow zone of sharpness around the point of focus, whereas small apertures like f/16 or f/22 will give a deep band of sharp focus that extends right through the frame. By setting A or Av on your main mode dial, you’ll enable Aperture Priority mode, and will be all set to control the depth of field in your shots.

The beauty of Aperture Priority is that the exposure settings will always allow you to take a well-exposed shot. In bright conditions, you’ll be able to use large or small apertures at will; but take care when l…

How to create your own Photo Calendar

You may think you have to wait until December to create a personalized calendar, but this is not the case. Many companies (including Whitewall, who we’ve used for this creative project) enable you to start making your own photo calendar at any time of year.

When it comes to composing your own photo calendar, the trick is to spend time gathering up the best images from your collection. You’ll also need to consider the size of the calendar, the paper type and any final touches. We opted for a less fussy finish that lets the images speak for themselves, and a high-quality paper. It’s worth paying the extra money for a premium product – after all, you’re going to have to look at it for a whole year!

There are many options and different settings that Whitewall has to offer, and we’ll only touch on a couple of them. You can always save your calendar (via the top navigation bar) and return to working on it later if you don’t want to do it in one go.

Step 1

Start by collating your photos. La…

Flower Photography Quickfire Projects

Quickfire project 1 - Play with depth of field

Now that the summer is now in full swing, there’s no better opportunity to get creative with your flower photography. By simply opening up the aperture (opening it to the smallest number setting, like f/2.8) you can create some effective results. To get a warm feel, it helps to shoot on a sunny day when the light is low and soft, and to shoot into the light. Also, have a play around with your composition. We placed our main focal point to the side of the frame, enabling the blurred bokeh effect to occupy the space and create an abstract result. Suggested settings: 1/250 sec at f/2.8, ISO 100

Quickfire project 2 - Shoot from a moving car

For those of us who are a bit lazy, this quick and easy photo project will take your liking! Next time you’re driving (or catching the train or bus) through the countryside, keep an eye out for fields of brightly colored flowers. Set your camera’s shutter speed to around 1/20 sec and click the shutter as…

How to make your own honeycomb grid for Photography

Honeycomb grids are a type of photographic accessory that you attach to a light source. The idea is to cut the light so you end up with a concentrated spot-lit area. It’s great to use for portraits, but can also be effective with still-life. It’s mainly used in the studio, but you can make a DIY hack for your flashgun and use it wherever!

For this project, you will need a pack of straws, ideally black and large in diameter. (We painted ours but this isn’t crucial.) You also need A4 black card, sticky tape, glue, scissors, a ruler, and a flashgun.

Step 1
Get a piece of the A4 black card. Down the long side, measure a strip that is about 4cm wide. Cut it out. Wrap the card tightly around the end of your flashgun and tape it in place. You should be able to slip this on and off but it needs to be snug-fitting.

Step 2
Next, cut the straws roughly into 2cm pieces. You’ll need around 40-50 pieces depending on how wide your straws measure. We used a ruler and lined each piece up to get the…

Photoshop trick Faux infrared

Infrared light is not possible to see with the human eye, but in photography, it can be captured in a few ways. The first is to attach an IR filter to your lens; the second is to use a converted infrared camera; and the third (and easiest) is to fake the effect using Photoshop!

In this project, we’re going to show you how to do the latter, so you can turn your bright colorful landscapes into surreal Alice in Wonderland-type scenes. We’ll be using a mixture of tools including the Channel Mixer and Hue/Saturation adjustment layers. When it comes to selecting a good starting image, the same rules apply as if you were shooting an infrared image. For example, green foliage and bright blue skies work best once converted. The blue sky is especially important: if you have thick grey clouds, your image will appear black and white, which in this instance isn’t the desired effect.

Step 1

Open the start file we’ve provided. Add an Invert adjustment layer and change the Blend mode to Color. Next…

How to shot Aerial Photography with a Drone

The world takes on a different appearance when it’s viewed from above. Before drones, this type of shot was impossible unless you booked a private helicopter or happened to be flying overhead! Now you can take photographs from the sky with pinpoint accuracy.

Aerial photographer Denys Nevozhai knows a thing or two about aerial and drone imagery. Denys has always had an interest in the world above – before moving to sunny California, he lived in Shanghai, where he explored the rooftops of the most prominent skyscrapers in the world.
To get this shot, Denys piloted a DJI Phantom drone in downtown Shanghai. This shot was taken at an altitude of 320 meters. “Usually, aerial photography is stressful because of the strong wind (you can’t fly above a certain strength); the fact that it’s not always legal for flight locations, and hardware malfunctions like suddenly drained batteries. This time I had none of these issues and got the perfect result!”

Four drone photography tips

Essential advice…