This week's theme: From a point & shoot
For the coming week, I want to illustrate that you don't need to spend £1000s on an expensive DSLR, and what's possible to achieve with a point & shoot camera.
Most London-based photographers have at least 1 photo of the London Eye on their photoblogs, so here's my spin of it. For those do don't know what the London Eye is, it's the biggest ferris wheel in the world (135m) - a car can fit in each of the capsules above.
Tip of the day: Getting blue skies. London is often described as a very grey city. The skies are often overcast and there's not a lot of sun here. But I've managed to get nice blue skies like in this photo whether in winter or in summer.
It's actually really simple - just wait for a break in the clouds, and make sure that the sun is located behind you. This not only helps prevent white washed out skies, but also improves the colour of your subject. The location of the sun guarantees it will be well lit and not in the shadows. Shooting with the sun to your back used to be the #1 rule of photography in the early 1900s. Now with film being so cheap, or even free (with digital), people don't give much thought to it when taking photos. But it's an important rule, and remains relevant even in the digital age.
What if you can't avoid shooting into the sun? In such cases, try to get less of the sky in the photo. Or avoid having any sky in it at all! While the human eye adapts to a wide range of brightness, cameras can't. Either you get a very dark subject, or a white sky. The key is to angle your camera down a bit, and avoid the sky if you can.
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