Iconic Steam Train Photo
Here’s a shot taken from a bridge – in this tutorial I work through a few different controls to eek out detail in the steam and the engine body.
The “how to” video
Here’s a photo of the stunning Konigsee, part of our 2016 trip to Austria.
It’s taken by our friend Julie Pfeiffer, who came all the way from Milwaukee to join us in Tirol. The shot is from the banks of the lake next to a beautiful church.
Here is the colour RAW file I received, and the final edited shot – to see how I got there, just watch the video!
Here’s a lovely street scene from what I guess is France – again, I’ve no idea who’s shot this one is, it’s uploaded to DROPBOX with no name attached so I can be totally impartial. A bit like the STIG was on Top Gear.
This edit creates a couple of results – one is a muted colour, with warm tones and a vignetted finish
The second is a black and white – more contrasting result.
Well here are 5 tips for photographing a most wonderful country for photography….
India is very hot – especially in Mumbai or the south, you’re into the late 30’s or 40’s temperature wise and high humidity. If you take a large bag you will suffer. You sweat constantly as it is…
Also you may be in Tuck Tucks or tight places where big bags get in the way.
Also, bags are a target for pick pockets and petty theives, don’t give them the chance
If you shoot in Europe you’ll be admiring the stunning architecture and landscapes, the Skyscrapers of the USA, but it’s the people in India which make the photos
it’s very different – they like being photographed, you can usually smile and wave anyone and they will happily be photographed. Even the poorest begger feels special for a few seconds when you take time to show then the photo… always do that. Show them and thank them.
If you are just there to shoot buildings, you’ll be disappointed as they are hugely spread out, take ages to get to and though they are lovely, are usually surrounded by rubbish and smog.
Go with a mind to shoot people and you’ll love it.
I used mine once – I tried many times, but anywhere you’d want to use it doesn’t allow it! Taj Mahal has banned them, as has the Golden Temple too… Maybe if you’re a 10-stop filter person, it may be worth doing – but the days are so bright you never need one.
Generic building shots are just that – generic, and boring.
Better to try to capture people using the buildings, using the facilities. Maybe include the stray dogs in a scene. Use the huge piles of litter or jumbled balls of power cables as a feature to enhance your story telling.
That is what travel photography is about – putting the viewer of your photos in your shoes. Let them see what you see, guide them to the things which stood out for you. There are 100000’s of shots of the Taj Mahal on Google now – what are you going to do differently?
Well I was, but it exceeded everything I’d heard about.
Firstly the smells… they have open sewers and people urinate everywhere, this takes a bit of getting used to anywhere – but in a hot place… wowo
Secondly the the traffic… I’ve seen many films of this, but till you are stood watching it, trying to cross a road, you’ll not believe it. It’s pure insanity of the highest order… every vehicle size and shape jamming into gaps they will never fit. It’s a wonderful thing really… oh, and the horns, they all “beep” constantly to tell you they are there… it’s not a “telling off” beep.
Thirdly the poverty…. I’m 6’2″ and white, I stand out from the crowd…. if you are in a slum you will be very quickly surrounded by little “urchins”. These are fantastic characters on the whole – huge smiles, jumping around and gesturing, but they are also very poor and probably have a slave driver collecting their begging money. I’ve had great fun with them – shooting and showing the photos – high fiving them and making them laugh. However, if you give one of them 10 rupees, 10 pence in england, you will be swarmed and they simply will not go. They are notorious pick pockets too, so do not give them any cash… maybe even use your long lens and keep well back from them so they can’t get near your pockets.
So there are a few thoughts to help you on what will be a trip of a lifetime if you do it. Remember it will be hot, humid, gritty, dirty, smelly in parts, and full of beggers – and go and revel in the photographic potential of it all!
McFade Photography is a commercial photography service based in Leeds, working UK wide helping brands and agencies promote their products and services.