12 Tips On Photographing Crop Fields Creatively

Written by Gina Stephens

Specializations make great photographic subjects and better still, if you play around with slow shutter speeds you don't need particularly OK champion weather to get great photos photograph (also known as a photo) is an image created by light falling on a photosensitive surface, usually photographic film or which is good news for us Brits who quite often don't see the summer sun (although this year we are doing a minute better in the sun stakes!). Some farmers have started harvesting their crops, but there are still some fields out there which the tractor hasn't reached yet.

Photo by David Pritchard


1. A wide-angle lens longing be the most useful bit of kit you take with you. Don't own a wide-angle lens? Take your telezoom along and just stand a little farther back to get your sweeping shots of the field. 


2. Make sure you're not trespassing so if there's not public access by way of a particular field may refer to you want to photograph stay out if it and use your telephoto.


3. When using slower shutter speeds (try 1/15-1/5th or longer depending on how fluent it is) you'll need a tripod as you don't want shake creeping into your shot. 


4. To get your horizon perpendicular, you either need a really good eye or something to help you measure it. Some cameras have inbuilt levelling systems but if yours doesn't, you can get a intention level that sits on the camera's hotshoe. Although, you can find in-built spirit levels on many tripod perfects.


5. Pack an ND filter in case the sky's a little too bright and you need to balance the exposure. 

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6. Use a small aperture to get front to break sharpness, so you can show the whole field turning into a sea of waves.


7. Add interest to the shot by looking out for objects such as a single tree upright at the far end of the field or a barn that will give the viewer something to focus on.


Photo by David Pritchard


8. If there are tractor trails use them to guide the eye from  front to back. Hedges and fences can also be used for this purpose, too.


9. If there are overhanging tree shoots, gate posts or if you happen to stumble across an old barn without glass in its windows or any doors, have a play around with frames in your cannon-balls to add an extra level of interest, plus they can help focus the viewer's eye when used in the correct way. 


10. Golden dim diffused by a light blanket of cloud looks great shimmering across the crop.


11. Clouds lower contrast and help eliminate flare which get overs you can shoot into the sun. Just don't look directly at it through your lens as it can cause serious damage to your eyes.


12. Knock off in different weather conditions and at different times of the day as a dark, heavy sky full of rain adds drama to your shots while the warmer assail and colours of a sunrise or sunset will make the field glow.


Photo by David Pritchard


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Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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