Mini Workshop - Murlough Beach - 11th February 2017 - £35.00
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Price £35.00 per Person.
Max group size: 5
Meet: Murlough car-park main A2 at the junction with Old Road.
Time:15:00 - 18:00 (sunset 17:26)
Level: Beginner / Intermediate
Fitness level: Low We will be walking for up to 10-15mins minutes along beaches and coastal paths, with a few short rocky stretches. If you have an average level of walking fitness, then this should all be straightforward.
Required: Digital SLR or Mirrorless camera with manual controls,and suitable lens, Tripod, outdoor clothing,including waterproof boots/wellies.
Not required,but will help: Instruction manual,filters,remote release,
Whats included? : One to one guidance and group guidance
What's Excluded? Travel to and from the location and transport between locations on the day as applicable .Insurance
About the location.
Murlough Beach is a stunning 4 mile long blue flag beach,with the Mourne Mountains providing the perfect backdrop.I have photographed on this beach at sunrise,sunset,tide in,tide out......doesn't seem to matter,this location always delivers.I will admit that sometimes you have to work hard,but it always seems to yield some beautiful imagery.Please remember that we will be exposed to the elements so is important to dress accordingly .A good guide to "dressing for the outdoors can be seen here......and remember as Billy Connolly used to say "there is no such thing as bad weather......just the wrong clothes"
What will I learn?
The exposure triangle....aperture, shutter speed,and ISO. This is the key to all photography,and once you understand the basics ,you will be able to get a good exposure.....whatever the light!
To help ensure that, we will be shooting in manual mode,so please ensure you are able to adjust (with the help of you camera manual) shutter speed, aperture, iso and white balance ( of course I will be there to help but I may not know your camera model/settings)
Histograms,and how to read them.
Highlight detail is very important in landscape photography,and I will be teaching the technique know as "exposing to the right" As the Royal Photographic Society says "It is not easy to ascertain what makes a good photograph,but a good place to start is an image with a full range of tones" We will be ensuring that your image has that range......in other words no highlight detail will be lost,whilst still retaining detail in the shadows"
For the optimum quality for your images I will be recommending to shoot in RAW Format......A more detailed explanation can be read here
This is a photography only workshop,but I do intend,in the future, to go back to the studio and process RAW images from the sunrise/sunset session ready for print/web-use. If this is something that would be of interest please drop me an e-mail.
Neutral Density Grads and Graduated Neutral Density Grads
This is a sunrise shoot at Bloody Bridge,and 2 images taken from almost the same place.One image is 1/4 second,and the other is 4 minutes.It is all about getting the most from any location,while the light is at its best. This is a very important technique to have in your tool-kit,and it is something that we will be discussing on location at Murlough Beach.
This is one of my favourite genres of photography....and is easily within the reach of everyone.
The wide-angle lens is an amazing optic,but sometimes not suited to mountain photography.To fit everything in mountains can look very small in the frame and we can make the compressed perpective of a longer lens work to our advantage.In most cases no additional equipment is required.I can show you how to set up your camera and tripod and you will be able to take very high resoloution images at focal lengths you never thought possible (for landscape photography)
The bottom Pano at Tyrella was taken @135mm and due to the compressed perspective of the longer focal length it makes the cottage appear a lot closer to the mountains,than it is in reality.