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a cloth 16 AInclude microfibre cloth is handy for cleaning the outside of your camera when on location, before you put it in your bag.

Take a torch 17 From finding your way after dark, to painting your subject with light, it’s always worth carrying a torch on location.


Don’t overpack

Don’t always take every bit of kit with you. It’s amazing how liberating it can be to just take a camera and one lens.

Set a goal 19 Whenever you go out with your camera, set yourself a goal or have a type of image in mind that you want to shoot.

your 20 Do research

Whether you’re photographing landscapes or outdoor portraits, the position of the sun is crucial, so check where it’s going to be using a sun position website or a smartphone or tablet app such as the Photographer’s Ephemeris (www. Otherwise you could turn up at the perfect location, only to find the sun is behind a mountain or building, or shining in completely the wrong direction.

Check a map 21 It’s always worth checking a detailed map, online satellite map or street view of any location where you are planning to shoot. Doing this before you set off means you don’t waste time trying to find the right spot or route to your location, which means more time for shooting.

Mark the spot 22 Shoot signs or information boards while you’re on location: they can be invaluable for helping you remember where and what you have shot and for providing visual ‘bookmarks’. If you use a camera phone with GPS, you can also use the location data in the mapping feature of Lightroom 5.

EXPOSURE & SETTINGS Program 23 Use Shift mode

When you’re in Program mode, you can use the input dial to shift the aperture and shutter speed. Doing this will give you basic creative control over the depth of field and motion blur, without having to change exposure modes.

light 24 Shooting backgrounds

If the background is much brighter than the subject, your camera will tend to underexpose the shot. To combat this, you will need to set the exposure compensation to +1 or +2 to brighten up the main subject.

dark 25 Shooting backgrounds

If you are shooting a subject with a dark background, the result will often be over-exposed. To prevent this, you should set your exposure compensation to -1 or -2 to darken the subject.

26 Shutter Priority mode

Controlling the shutter speed allows you to freeze or blur moving subjects, so experiment with using a fast shutter

31 Aperture Priority mode

Aperture Priority is one of the most useful exposure modes: it enables you to control the depth of field in your images, as well as the exposure. Try setting a wide aperture such as f/4 to blur the background and foreground of your shots, or using a small aperture, such as f/16, to keep more of the subject sharp from front to back (see Crash Course).


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speed such as 1/1,000 sec to freeze movement, or a slower one, such as 1/15 sec, to create some blur.

Watch your display 27 When using Aperture Priority or Shutter Priority mode, make sure that the camera is able to set a suitable shutter speed or aperture. If the display is flashing or showing Hi/Lo, you will need to change your ISO setting.

Use exposure lock 28 By filling the frame with your main subject and using the AE-L button to lock the exposure before re-framing your shot, you can often get better exposures when there’s a bright or dark background.

29 Understand the histogram

Watch out for gaps showing to the far left or right of the histogram, as these indicate over- or underexposure.

Use RGB histograms 30 Using the separate colour histograms will give you even more information about the exposure of your shots.

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