Meet our professional photographer
Tom Mackie is a world-class landscape photographer with over 30 years’ professional experience. Since 1985 he’s lived in East Anglia, and enjoys capturing the beautiful British coastline and countryside with his pro Canon kit. Tom also runs photographic workshops in the UK, Europe and US. For more info and to see his gallery, go to www.tommackie.com.
Meet our apprentice
Jim Huntsman is a support worker who’s been a keen amateur photographer for the past seven years. Not long ago he upgraded to his first DSLR, an EOS 400D, and enjoys photographing landscapes. He’s asked for our help to improve his scenic and night shots of Blackpool – his hometown.
Jim began shooting as he would normally, then Tom suggested a few ways he could improve his DSLR techniques
Use raw power
“Jim was shooting in JPEG, so I encouraged him to shoot in raw format as it’s the best image quality, and ideal for landscape shots when you may want to accurately adjust exposure and tones afterwards in Adobe Camera Raw software,” says Tom.
“As Jim hadn’t processed raw files before, we set his 400D to capture both raw and JPG files, so he had both formats of each shot to work with.”
Control the DoF
“Jim was relying on his Full Auto mode, which sets everything automatically and restricts him from controlling the depth of field (DoF). I got Jim to use the Av (Aperture Priority) mode, as it enabled him to control the aperture, while his camera took care of the shutter speed,” says Tom. “Then, by setting a narrow aperture (f/16-f/22), he controlled the DoF to ensure his shots were sharp from foreground to horizon.”
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PAGE 3: Final tips from our professional photographer
PAGE 4: Our professional photographer’s recommended gear
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