Lee Bennett knows a thing or two when it comes to taking the perfect shot, whether it’s a capture photo, something scenic, or a super sharp portrait. This month Lee kicks off his monthly photography based written piece here at wofte.co.uk taking you through some key points when it comes to improving your photography skills. As the series progresses you will be able to comment and make suggestions to Lee directly through this section of our website and he will be picking a question or two to answer each month giving his guidance to help you achieve that perfect shot. Over to you Lee…
As we all know photography has become a huge part of Carp Angling over the more recent few years. From improved capture shots to us seeing more moody, atmospheric scenes & urban long exposure shots and not forgetting the ever popular, carpy kettle shot. From a young age we have all learnt to point and shoot with a camera but do we all really know the settings that helped us achieve that perfect image. In this monthly article I will be giving you all the help and advice you need from exposure/aperture/iso settings when using a DSLR camera and all the gear you need to take these shots we all want to see.
I will start off by briefly introducing myself and telling you a little bit about me. I’m Lee Bennett, 29 from Wrexham in North Wales. I have been an angler myself since the age of six and was hooked from there on. I began fishing for silvers at a local pool, well really anything that would take my bait suspended at the bottom of my float, after catching my first carp I instantly knew this was my favored species to target after an impressive first scrap. Being a part of the carp scene you see some very jaw dropping’ images in the magazines and on social media and I really wanted to have pictures like this of my own captures. I brought myself a DSLR camera around seven years ago and quickly realised that it was very different from the point and shoot cameras we all remember using from a young age. Realising it wasn’t a case of just pressing the trigger I set out to teach myself using information I found in magazines, online forums and watching video tutorials on YouTube. I have been down that path of self teaching myself which is the reason I want to share this with you, the ins and outs I’ve learnt over the years. I am by no means confessing to be a photography expert but I do feel that the knowledge I have gained over the years is worthwhile passing onto others who share the same passion as me.
I will always try to encourage people to learn in the manual mode of a DSLR camera from the start as this will give you full control of how your final image will end up AND you will begin to work out the basics of photography quicker this way. Understanding manual will let you set up each shot to your own settings, for example, a fast exposure can freeze time but a slower exposure can show movement and bring your image to life. I will dive more into this later in the series.
EXPOSURE: Is the amount of light you’re letting into the cameras sensor or film over a period of time.
APERTURE: Is the window of the lens, how much light your letting in or out. Think of it as a window with curtains, the lower the f-stop the more light your letting in and the higher the f-stop the less coming in. This is how you control the depth of field in an image.
ISO: is how sensitive your cameras sensor will be to light. Learning the correct iso setting for the amount of light you have to work with can be critical to the image you’re trying to achieve. Too low and the exposure can be to slow but to high and the image can become very grainy.
These three elements put together will help you understand how you achieved the image and how each element affected the outcome.Over the next coming months I will be starting from the basics to the more technical side of photography. I will be going into how to achieve the best catch shots, long exposures, the use of filters for them moody atmospheric shots and the equipment I use along the way.
COMPOSITION: It is very important to understand the main three elements with photography Exposure/Aperture/Iso but if you can’t get to grips with how to compose a shot you will struggle to make your images stand out from the crowd.
RULE Of THIRDS: is one of the simple but very effective ways of composing a shot. By dividing your camera frame into thirds and positioning key objects into the line will help compose the image better and dramatically improving your images and making them more interesting.
Further into the series you will be able to send in your questions and requests to me directly through this section of the Wofte Clothing website at the bottom of my monthly article. It is ok reading how to do this and that in magazines or online but we want to make this feature interactive with you viewers. Each month you can ask questions and I will choose a couple that I will use for my following written piece. I will then go out and answer the question from start to finish with my final image to show with it and hopefully this will help you all to achieve those special shots that you have wanted to take for yourself. Furthermore the questions that I will be choosing each month will be sent some goodies from the guys at Wofte Clothing as a thank you for getting involved with this series.
Until next month happy snapping and tight lines