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    9 creative photo ideas to try in February

    | News | 01/02/2014 00:01am
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    Creative photo ideas for February: 03 Shoot empty, open spaces

    Creative photo ideas for February: 03 Shoot empty, open spaces

    The varied weather that winter throws up means that you’ll need to be an opportunist when it comes to landscape photography at this time of year.

    Faced with a foggy day, why not try shooting minimalist shots in the country?

    SEE MORE: Better pictures of fog and mist – adding intrigue to an everyday landscape

    Shooting empty, open spaces is a way to get away from it all and spend some quality time with your camera.

    “Spending most of my week in the city, it’s great to get out into the countryside,” says semi-pro photographer Giles McGarry.

    “I often head for the less well-trodden paths, especially so if it’s foggy. The fog transforms everything, and helps remove distractions.

    SEE MORE: Dull day photography – what and how to shoot when the sun isn’t shining

    “When I shoot in empty spaces, I try and find something that will hold the viewer’s interest and guide them through the picture – lead-in lines are great for this, whether they be roads or power lines.

    “However, I like to keep an air of mystery, so if those lead-in lines can disappear into the fog, then all the better.

    “Even though fog often looks far away, it’s really all around you, and your kit can be soaked through within minutes. I always drape a large chamois leather over my camera while I’m setting up and waiting between shots: it keeps the water out.

    SEE MORE: Your digital camera’s enemies (and how to defeat them)

    “Naturally the chamois is really handy for drying the camera body afterwards too. As soon as a shot is over, I clean the lens and put the cap back on.”

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    * Switch on your camera’s Monochrome picture style, but shoot in raw format rather than JPEG. This will give a black-and-white preview on the camera’s screen, but record a colour version of the image on the memory card for conversion later.
    * Fog can lead to under-exposed images, so be prepared to dial in positive exposure compensation to keep things bright.

    Creative photo ideas for February: 01 Shoot a defocused portrait
    Creative photo ideas for February: 02 Shoot a portrait and add a hand-drawn look
    Creative photo ideas for February: 03 Shoot empty, open spaces
    Creative photo ideas for February: 04 Shoot macros with minimal depth of field
    Creative photo ideas for February: 05 Light-paint a warm still life
    Creative photo ideas for February: 06 Shoot a city view
    Creative photo ideas for February: 07 Shoot deconstructed hardware
    Creative photo ideas for February: 08 Shoot yourself in the picture
    Creative photo ideas for February: 09 Shoot a heart-shaped shadow

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    Posted on Saturday, February 1st, 2014 at 12:01 am under News.

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