Samuel Curtis Photography

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Hints and Tips

Hints and Tips

Ever wondered about something photography related? Would you like to ask me a question about how to improve your images? Or would you like to share your own knowlege with the world? 

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Seashore at Twilight

Posted on February 11, 2017 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (15)

Posted by Samuel Curtis Photography

Not all the best photographs are taken when the sun is up. Next time your at the beach, try getting there early or leave later so you can see everything at twilight, when everything is calm and light is soft. Put your camera in manual, ISO 100 and start at a shutter speed of 1/30 sec. If your image is too bright, think about using a ND filter or increse your apature. I would aslo reccomend using a Tungsten white balance setting to add a cool overtone to your images. 

Using an ND filter would allow you to have longer shutter speeds for smooth water or sky. Or use a graduated ND filter to keep detail in the sky.

[ND : Neutral-density]


Posted on February 1, 2017 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (1)

Posted by Samuel Curtis Photography

Finding a viewpoint isn't always about repositioning your camea. Using reflections in glass or mirrors can help you to give a new prespective on things. Coffee shops, restaurants, and tall glass-sided buildings are brilliant set-ups for this. Don't get too focused on the reflection, sometimes the detail is whats behind the object providing the reflection.

I have had many issues with my camera not focusing on the reflection, so I would reccomend using a manual focus setting. 

Timing is everything

Posted on February 1, 2017 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (1)

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In photography, you can tackle things in two ways; The spray and pray method or by taking your time. For a not so fast paced situation, i would take my time and wait for the right moment where subject and light match.

I would reccoment by first finding a spot where light is goog and garanteed that your subject will pass. Wait for your subject to walk into frame. (I would use tracking focusing mode to keep your subject in sharp focus). I would also choose to take the shot when light is low and soft. I think this will give a more pleasing result.

Hip shooting

Posted on February 1, 2017 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (2788)

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While out and about, try giving the world a new perspective. Hold your camera by your hip as your subject walks by, or as you walk along. Don't woory about wonky images or blur lines, they may add for a creative image. I would not reccomend looking immediatly at your screen as it could draw attendion to you.

As you'll be shooting blind, I would use a higher apature so that focusing would be less of an issue. I would also reccomend playing around with the shutter speed, this can help to add or remove motion/light trails from your image.

Private & Public Places

Posted on February 1, 2017 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (4998)

Posted by Samuel Curtis Photography

Public Places do not require you to gain permission to photograph in. You can photograph private buildings however, but you must be standing on public land.

Private Land requires you to gain permission to photograph or to the owners discression. If you are asked to leave, you must immediatly, or you can be arrested for tresspassing. Owners of private land can use ressonable force to make you leave.

Trains and trainstations you are allowed to photograph for personal use. Use of a flash and tripod may require prior permission. Also, prior permission would need to be gained for commercial use.

Planes and airports are private property. For use of cameras on planes, you will need to ask the airline or aircrew prior. Most airports have viewing areas for photographers to capture aircraft.  


Posted on February 1, 2017 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (2)

Posted by Samuel Curtis Photography

Security guards have no powers to stop and search you. However, if on private land, they can ask you to leave and use reasonable force if they deem fit.

Model Release

Posted on February 1, 2017 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Posted by Samuel Curtis Photography

A model release is a small legal document that a subject of a photograhy may sign that allows the image to be published in one form or another. However, you do not need a model release when you've taken an image of someone on the street, unless intent is to be used for commerce.

Police, Stop and Search

Posted on February 1, 2017 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (1)

Posted by Samuel Curtis Photography

When out and about, taking photos in public, it might be handy to know that the law is on your side. Police in the UK have no powers to stop you from taking photographs if you are in a public place. A police officer can search you in connection to a "stop", but they cannot go through, delete or ask you to delete your images (section 43).

Also, police cannot arrest you for photographing police officers while on duty, but may question you. I would reccomend asking anyways.

Police can arrest you for obstruction (getting in the way). For example, placing a tripod in a busy street.

Tripods & Remote Release

Posted on March 17, 2016 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (1)

Posted by Samuel Curtis Photography

I am forever being asked why I use a tripod and what is/ when would I use a remote sutter release. To answer this, I will give three situations when I would use both. Firstly, a remote shutter release is a device (wire or wireless) that will trigger your camera's shutter without touching the camera and risk moving it.

  • Landscapes - For landscapes, you'll typically be using a narrow apature to ensure that most of the scene is as sharp as possible, this also requires a slow shutter speed. To reduce camera shake, I would mount my camera on a tripod.
  • Moving Water - In order to capture moving water as a blur, you'll need to use a slow shutter speed. By using a tripod, this woud reduce camera shake. To avoid shaking the camera and keep still objects sharp, I would use a remote shutter release.
  • Light Trails - Light trails usally require extremely long exposures. A remote release enables you to trigger and end the exposure without need to touch the camera. This is espcially useful when you know where the camera s facing and you dont need to look though the view finder. Save you the bad back from bending down!

Butterfly Wings

Posted on March 17, 2016 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (3)

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For those who want to capture nature in its finest detail, nothing can beat the sophistication of the butterfly wing, but combining macro and wildlife photography is not to everyone's taste. So here is a couple of tips to help you achieve those wonderful photos that you see in the magazines. I would use a longer macro lens of 100mm or more; you can shoot from farther away and avoid spooking the insects. If possible, focus manually using the magnified live view image. I would consider using off-camera flash, for sharper ad more colourful images. Finally, try to position your camera lens parallel to the butterfly's wing, this will help create sharper images. Recomended settings that I would start with would be; exposure Apature priority, apature f/16-22, shutter speed auto and ISO 1000-400.