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Photography For Beginners – By a Beginner

So this week I have been getting out and about with my new camera, and trying various things and getting used to all the functions and settings on the camera. If you missed it, read my previous photography post on me getting started.

Thankfully, we’ve had some great weather this week, which has really helped me to capture some of the gorgeous sights I actually have right on my doorstep. It’s weird, because ever since I’ve got this camera, I seem to think I see an opportunity in everything, and I carry my camera with me EVERYWHERE. Can almost say I have become a little bit obsessed. But they say practice make perfect, and I certainly want this improved before I head out on my next trip in less than 2 weeks.

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So my first tip would be, take your camera wherever you go, because you never know when you come across a good photo opportunity.

Now, I’m still learning all about angles, and lighting and all these other variables you need to thin about when it comes to photography. If you’re like me, who is a self confessed perfectionist, I’m never happy with the first picture I take, or even the second or the third or even the fourth. But this is ok, I’ve realised your not going to get the perfect shot the first time, so you keep going till you’re happy.

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So my second tip would be, don’t be too worried if you don’t know too much about the basic principles of taking a great photo, because this will come as you snap away, and of course by doing continues research on internet.

I wish I had this camera when I did my last trip away, which was to Berlin. However, I do have an iPhone 6s Plus, which does take some great photos, but I never really thought about photography until I came back. I took some great pictures, but I think with a proper camera, I could have captured some much more amazing pictures. You can catch some of my iconic captures from Berlin on one of my Berlin posts.

To me, from what I have read so far, and what I have come to experience by shooting all these pictures, there are 5 fundamental elements that need to be considered in taking a picture:

  • Exposure
  • Light
  • Perspective
  • Focus
  • Composition

I know these will all come with experience, like anything else, and my photos will become epic, and I can put it all into practise on my upcoming trips, which is in my Next Adventure post for Copenhagen in Denmark & Malmo is Sweden.

For now, please enjoy these other shots I took, one I particularly love is my and 4 year old daughter enjoying a moment watching the waves.

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More of my adventures can be found on my Instagram

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New To Photography

Hi Everyone. I wanted to write this post about photography, because before now, I have never done any, or even thought about it. However, with all my new found travelling, I wanted to be able to have decent and high quality photos. So I decided to invest in a good camera. I contacted a friend of mine who is big on photography to ask his advice on cameras. Daley is an award winning photographer based in Lancashire, UK Daley Wilson Photography.

So I ended up going for a Nikon Coolpix 310L. I didn’t buy a brand new one as this is my first time. Instead I found someone who was selling one for £60, and in the end I paid £55 for the camera. It’s in perfect condition.

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Nikon Coolpix L310 Features

The L310 has a 14 megapixel CCD sensor and 21x optical zoom lens, which is a 35mm equivalent of 25-525mm. There is sensor shift VR (vibration reduction) to help reduce the effect of camera shake.

Shooting is made easy thanks to Easy Auto mode, which automatically adjusts the cameras settings for the scene. There are also 17 scene modes which can be manually selected as well as Sports Continuous and Smart Portrait System. This includes Smile Timer, Blink Proof, Skin Softening and Red-eye Fix.

Videos are recorded at 720p HD, with optical zoom available during recording.

Key Features

  • 14 megapixel CCD sensor
  • 21x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 25-525mm)
  • Sensor shift vibration reduction (VR)
  • 3 inch LCD screen
  • Sports continuous mode
  • 720p HD video recording
  • ISO 80 – 6400
  • 1cm minimum focusing distance
  • Smart Portrait System

I went out to have a play and took several images, and even played around with the timer, as I always wanted one of those images you see where someone is just standing there with a great backdrop (I always did wonder how they did that), and I managed to get one. I was super proud. Needless to say I enjoyed that. But I know I have a long way to go. I am looking forward to getting back out on the road and testing my photography skills and learning about it along the way, so my images on my Instagram in particular become that so much better.

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This photo was taken at The Humber Bridge in Hull, Humberside UK.

I’d love to hear from anyone who can give me some tips on travel photography, and the best way to capture the best images while travelling.

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