9 creative photo ideas to try in May 2013

    | Photography Tips | 01/05/2013 00:01am

    03 Shoot the beach during a spring storm

    03 Shoot the beach during a spring storm

    Before we head into the relatively calm conditions of summer, make the most of a blustery spring day at the coast. Just be prepared to sit it out and wait for the right light once you’ve found the best location for your shot.

    Professional landscape photographer Tobias Richter, of Germany, had to do just that to capture this stormy shot of Elgol and the Cullin Hills on the Isle of Skye, 
in Scotland.

    “I’ve learned that even on ‘bad weather days’, the cloud cover can break up,” he says. “In these rare moments the sun’s rays illuminate the landscape dramatically, but, unfortunately, it’s usually very brief, and you have to be right there on the spot in order to be able to react quickly enough.

    “After setting up my tripod and taking a few test shots, I put the camera back in my backpack and waited. Just before sunset a few rays of sunlight broke through the clouds and lit up the mountains. I took the camera out for just a few minutes, but had to wipe off water drops from the filter between each shot. With the breaking waves there were water splashes from the front and rain from above.

    “When shooting at the coast in such conditions, keep a cloth within reach, and use a waterproof camera bag or a rain cover to protect the camera during passing showers. Also, an umbrella comes in handy on days without wind.”

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    * Mount your camera on a sturdy tripod and avoid raising it too high in windy conditions.
    * Use small apertures and low ISO settings to extend exposure times and exaggerate the motion of crashing waves.
    * Fit a polarizing filter on the lens to reduce glare on water and wet rocks, as well as protect the front element.

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    Posted on Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 at 12:01 am under Photography Tips.

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