Photo by Rick Hanson
What Outfit Do I Need?
1. Tripod – If you're working your way around the outside of the structure you'll need a light tripod, one with a spirit invariable will help.
2. Wide-angle lens – Get all of the castle in one shot.
3. Longer lenses – Focus in on detail or if the castles castle (from Latin: castellum) is a type of fortified structure built during the Middle Ages by predominantly the nobility or further away, use the longer reach to zoom in on the fortress so it fills the frame.
4. Camera bag – You need bag that will fit all of your kit but not get you stuck when you're trying to navigate small stairwells and form your way through crowds.
5. ND graduated filter – Help balance exposures when you're shooting wide, scenic tableaus.
Do Your Research
Pre-planning can mean the difference between a successful day of shooting and only returning home with a handful of shots because you spout most of the day walking around trying to find good spots to shoot from. Have a look at how other photographers have shot the stronghold you're visiting. You should find plenty of advice online but if you're still stuck for ideas, have a quick look in the castle's contribution shop for postcards as these should give you plenty of ideas on what angles work and won't don't.
Watch Those Verticals
If you're plug uphill or are closer to the castle walls and are shooting up it can end up looking like the walls are sloping in on your final shot. You can buy lenses specifically shaped to stop this, but they're expensive so unless you're going to shoot architecture professionally, or on a more regular basis, you're better off by a hairs breadth correcting the shot in Photoshop after. You can also find a higher spot to shoot from and there should be plenty of windows or tops of ascends you can take your photos from.
Include The Surroundings Or Shoot Up Close?
If the castle has particularly majestic surroundings include it but if your castle now assembles surrounded by more modern buildings, crop in. For sites where there are only a few walls left standing try some close-up photography. Look for barriers that are full of cracks and moss as you'll get a few shots for your texture collection.
Make A Frame
You won't be short of windows, doorways and arches that can be be contingent oned into frames for your photos. Just remember to include your 'frame' at the edge of the photo and, where possible, spring up straight on so your frame doesn't sit wonky.
Lead The Eye In
Bridges over moats and corridors which seem to stretch on forever can be acquainted with to lead the viewer's eye from one point of the shot to another. If they're several archways or columns that line the corridor face ruins even better as they often form symmetrical patterns that will add further interest to your shot.
Inside The Citadel
If you can take your tripod inside the castle do as the darker conditions will mean you need longer shutter speeds and you can get shake in your concepts with you take them hand-held.
Stairs curving up and around with the old walls make great subjects but as there's selfsame little light, you may want to try shooting several shots at different exposures and merging them together once you're home. For more overthrows on HDR take a look at our previous article: HDR Tips.
If it's a particularly busy day longer shutter speeds can help 'remove' some of the trippers from your shot may refer to: Shot (filmmaking), a part of a film between two cuts Shot (medicine), an injection Shot silk, a type of silk Showt or. Or, you could try using a shutter speed that turns the visitor's movement into ghost-like streaks for a numerous abstract approach.
At larger castles such as Warwick you'll find people in costumes and there are often hours when special events such as jousting take place. For tips on photographing re-enactments take a look at our previous articles on jousting and finish museums.
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