Our professional photographer’s recommended gear
Wellies & waterproofs
“On dry land high up in the moors, a sturdy pair of hiking boots and some wet weather gear are wise, but down at the seashore, putting on a pair of wellies is essential!” smiles Adam. “There’s no question about it, with your tripod placed exactly where the waves are crashing onto the shore, you’re going to get wet!”
“Knowing where the sun is going to rise and set, when high and low tide is, and what the weather is doing is all important. I used to be bogged down carrying tide tables, sun compasses and Ordnance Survey maps, but now there’s an app for pretty much everything! I use Ayetides (£6.99) for the tides, NDCalc (69p) for calculating long-exposure times, and there’s always Angry Birds (69p) for whiling away those moments waiting for a break in the weather!”
Tripod with three-way head
“David admitted he often leaves his tripod at home. I explained to him that it’s just as important as your camera – not only because it enables you to use longer shutter speeds without camera shake, but it’s vital as a compositional tool. You can frame your scene, zoom a little, recompose and readjust in a way that’s simply impossible if shooting handheld,” says Adam. “A three-way head enables you fine-tune your composition much more precisely than a ball head, too.”
“A remote cable release is vital for taking images without knocking your camera and the danger of introducing camera shake. Although you can buy cheap versions on sites like eBay, it’s better to stick your camera manufacturer’s official model for the utmost quality – you’ve got to be able to rely on your equipment, particularly if using it day-in, day-out,” says Adam.
Use a polariser
Polarisers are often used to make the blue skies bluer with punchy clouds, but another use is to cut down reflections from water. Not only do they cut down the glare from the river itself, allowing you to see all the way down to the riverbed, but they reduce reflections from the wet foliage too, making for super-saturated colours. A polariser will also cut down your exposure by a stop or two, helping emphasise the movement of the fast-flowing river.
PAGE 1: Meet our professional photographer & apprentice
PAGE 2: During the shoot – composing a forest scene
PAGE 3: Final tips from our professional photographer
PAGE 4: Our professional photographer’s recommended gear