1. Create Depth: Position subjects so you have a foreground,
midground and background and all are in sharp focus!
2. Choose a small aperture anything from f/11 to f/32 or smaller and watch your shutter speed – when it falls below what you can hand hold at, use a tripod.
3. Use a wide angle lens – gives a greater angle of view, the depth of field will always be greater with any given aperture than with a telephoto lens.
4. Choose either aperture priority or manual mode.
5. Don’t forget composition! Are there lines you can use to lead the viewers eye into and around your image; look for frames, contrast, colour, what about that rule of thirds?
6. Keep your horizon level – yes another you have heard before but do it!
7.Shoot both vertically and horizontally.
8. Look for a different view point – what’s it like close to the ground or from higher up?
9. Use a low ISO.
10. Learn what your hyperfocal distance is and how to use it.
11. Try not to shoot into the sun and if you really have to use a lens hood or something to reduce or avoid flare.
12. Don’t delete on the shoot – wait till you get home and see it on your computer – you may be pleasantly surprised!
13. Every day is a good day! Look at what’s around.
14. Clouds should be included and are often very dramatic as the rain is going!
15. Study the work of others and learn.
BLUEDOG’S TOP TIP:
At full moon the sky in the opposite direction to where the moon is rising or setting will often be more exaggerated in the hues of pinks and purples!