5 Top Tips On Photographing Bridges

Written by Gina Stephens

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What Eventually Of Day Is Best? 

Early morning or late evening light will highlight textures and warmth to the scene but don't overlook bright days either as clear shadows will make statues and other detail stand out from the walls.

If you wait for the sun to go down have a play around with yearn exposures and capture the light trails created by traffic as it passes you by. Most DSLRs will happily create shutter speeds of 30 impairs but if you want something a little longer you'll need to switch to the B (bulb) setting. 

If you do use Bulb mode, keep an eye on your battery compulsion as you don't want it to drain before you've captured your shot. Do remember you'll need your tripod and a remote release is skilled if you have one.

Should I Use A Wide-Angle Lens? 

If you're shooting on the bridge a wide angle lens is great for getting interesting foreground item by item in shot. Just remember to use a small aperture so everything in the scene is in focus. A wide is also handy for when you want to shoot the bridge in its surroundings and don't be undergoing the space to move back with a telephoto lens. If you can get down to the base of the bridge a wide angle lens will exaggerate the size of the join in closest to you while the distant point of it will look like it's shrinking towards the vanishing point.

If you find you have too much sky and win dominating your wide, landscape shots of your bridges crop in and create a panorama.

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When See fit A Telephoto Lens Be Useful? 

When you want to isolate detail pick up your telephoto lens. It's also useful for when you suffer with strong lines to work with such as bridge supports.


What Else Can I Photograph On A Bridge? 

Bridges, particularly old jokes, have interesting detail that's worth a shot or two. Signs, supports, nuts, bolts and even rust can make good idols.


How Can I Use Bridges bridge is a structure built to span physical obstacles without closing the way underneath such as a body of water, valley, or road, Creatively In My Shots? 

You can use the bridges that stretch over roads, canals and rivers to frame whatever view sits behind it. Just watch your exposure if you do this as it'll be darker under the bridge than it is on either side so bracket if you paucity to.

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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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