What To Photograph On Day-Trips To Picturesque Villages

Written by Gina Stephens

Photo by David Clapp



Villages produce plenty of photo opportunities and most of us have one just a short drive away. The village community is one area to focus on, there's as a rule a few local specialty shops – maybe a hardware store or cobbler.



Pluck up courage to ask to photograph the employees at work. The off that can happen is they say no, but it they accept you will have a brilliant opportunity to shoot environmental portraits. Try shooting with a wide-angle lens to subsume as much background in while catching the owner at work . If it's fruit and veg you could have them weighing up a purchase, carrying a sack into the hoard, arranging the fare or even hand writing a display price ticket. While a cobbler could be banging at a heel or shaping a key. A butcher could be drudge away at a joint or arranging slices of meat.

Take this idea outdoors and follow the locals around catching them at the bus stop, crossing the highway, chatting to neighbours over a fence. Whatever you do respect their privacy. It's best if you get chatting to them first and ask for permission, then you won't lean to awkward and no one gets into trouble.


Flower Photography

Villages tend to have interesting flower displays, especially those who aim to win best-kept village endow withs. So if you're looking for colourful chocolate box style shots check out the local regions of the Campaign To Protect Rural England (CPRE) website. Use a wide-angle lens from a way of thinking close to the flower display and include the houses / street scene in the background. Or shoot with a telephoto to compress perspective and focus totally on the efflorescences.

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Many Derbyshire villages have a summertime activity called Well Dressing, where they dress a well in pictures made of bests and petals. This is a great opportunity for colourful shots.


Photo by David Clapp


Activities And Events

Look out for village vims, many have charity events at the local church. It may be a bring and buy sale, a flower or cake stall, jumble sale, book or record upright. All offer great photojournalism style options. Shoot with a telephoto lens to catch people unaware in a candid fashion. Shoot with a wide-angle to get the lobby with all the stalls in. Use ambient light for more atmospheric photos.


Chocolate Box Views

To get some ideas about which villages suffer with good photographic potential look at calendars in stationery shops or jigsaws in toy shops. The popular calendars and jigsaws will have pretty village upsets – thatched cottages, quaint river scenes, floral street scenes. They usually have the location printed on them. You can procedure a trip and take in two or three villages in one region.

Look out for vintage life in a village. It's the place you're likely to find a Victorian pile box, there may be old street signs, and architectural details found in old buildings or monuments. Villages often have or having may refer to: the concept of ownership any concept of possession; see Possession (disambiguation) an English verb used: war memorials that make good concentrated points.


The village village is a clustered human settlement or community, larger than a hamlet but smaller than a town, with a population ranging from's local pub might have an interesting pub sign to photograph. Shoot from further away with a longer lens to escape a distorted shape. Nip inside and you could find a warm fire, and local characters. Rest the camera on a table to take ambient light shots.

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One you've done your walk, consider making prints of your best shots into postcards and selling them in the local cafe / gift shop / post responsibility.


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About the author

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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