The first in the series of pictures taken in Delph Woods, Broadstone, Poole

Forgive me, but I am going back to the beginning of this set of 16 images, now that they are all processed. I am going to write in these posts about the processing of the images, with the full article being worked on afterwards, which I will post as one complete post.

This image, like every image in this series, was photographed with my camera securely mounted on my Manfrotto Tripod. I use an L bracket for most of my photography, allowing me to switch quickly between portrait and landscape modes without having to adjust my tripod (normally that is).

The camera setup I used for every picture is as follows

Camera – Canon 6D

Lens – Canon 24-105mm F4L with image stabilisation turned off

Tripod – Manfrotto Go 190 with my Manfrotto MHXPRO-3WG Geared Head (snappy name eh!) tripod head

L bracket

Camera Mode – AV

White balance – auto

Metering Mode – evaluative

Drive Mode – 2 second or 10 second self-timer in continuous shot mode

Auto-bracketing – three shots, correct exposure, 2 stops under exposed and 2 stops over exposed.

ISO 100

RAW Format

Back button focus with selective focussing points for each image

The only things that changed were the aperture, which I selected for each shot, and the shutter speed, which changed to suit the lighting conditions and the aperture.

As I am working on a tripod the shutter is of no concern to me.

As you can see there are lots of potential variables when taking pictures with a Canon DSLR, but once I have everything how I want it the only things I need to think about are the aperture and where I am focussing. That is all. Everything else is set.

I do not need to worry about the exposure, as the three shot bracketing covers most bases. If you add the latitude that you get from shooting in RAW the range at my disposal is 3-4 stops under and 3-4 stops over the correct exposure.

So all I need to think about is the image itself.

I like to work like this, be it architectural photography, interior photography or landscape photography.

And one final point on this set up is that I find that when I use a tripod I find that this helps me with my composition. Each Image I take is a deliberate, considered action. And when I take an image as I have composed the scene carefully I will only take one picture from that viewpoint.

This image is a single, correctly exposed image. Consider this post and this image setting the scene. Tomorrow I get straight into some creative landscape photography work.


Dorset Photographer 

Saturday 21st January 2017

Rick McEvoy

I am Rick McEvoy, an architectural and construction photographer living and working in the South of England. I create high quality architectural photography and construction photography imagery of the built environment for architects and commercial clients. I do not photograph weddings, families, small people or pets - anything that is alive, moves or might not do as I ask!! I am also the creator of the Photography Explained Podcast, available on all major podcast providers. I have a blog on my website where I write about my work and photography stuff. Rick McEvoy ABIPP, MCIOB

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