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“Getting Started” Weeks 3 & 4 Photography Workshop

9 Mar 2018



On the 7th February, our photoshoot took place on a very cold day and with a delicate covering of snow lying on the ground at Pensthorpe – just beautiful!

We decided experiment with a range of camera settings and so we experimented with fast and slow shutter speeds and with depth of field. The aperture on your camera opens and closes and so allows more or less light to enter the camera. An aperture value of f/4 is a ‘wide’ aperture with lots of light flooding in. This is great if you want a fast shutter speed and paired with a high ISO such as 1600 or 3200, this will allow you to have a fast enough shutter speed to freeze the movement of birds in flight.

Look at Bernadette’s photo to see this technique used to great advantage. Ideally, you would choose an aperture value of f/8 so that you have a good amount of the photo in sharp focus. Aim for about 1/1200th sec to freeze the movement of birds in flight. The impressionistic images taken on this session used a technique called: Intentional Camera Movement or ICM. For this you need a slow shutter speed, so close the aperture down to about f/16 or f/22 and choose a low ISO such as 100 or 200. You can now move the camera as you take your shot and achieve painterly shots as the group did at Pensthorpe.

Finally, we were lucky enough to see Tulu, the owl at Pensthorpe and Rachel used a wide aperture to blur the background and achieve shallow depth of field. The opposite of this is sharpness throughout the scene as seen in Lisa’s photo.

Bernadette McCarthy

In Flight

This photo was taken with my Canon EOS 760D plus Canon EF 75-300 at 1/1600 F8 ISO 1600. I was trying to freeze the movement of the bird in flight by using a fast shutter speed.


Lisa I’Anson

Snow scene

I love this view at Pensthorpe; looking down the river and it looked especially pretty with the snow on the ground. I also liked the almost monochrome feel with the wintery limited colour palette. Using a narrow aperture, I was trying to get the whole scene sharp, from the front to the back of the shot.


Rachel Hurcomb


While out and about on our photography course, we were very lucky to see the barn owl Tulu, so I had to take a picture.  My camera settings on my Nikon D3300 were ISO 3200 (as rather an overcast day!)   Aperture 7.1 and shutter speed 1/4000 sec. My aim was to get a close up shot of the owl in focus and to create shallow depth of field which resulted in a blurred background.


Sue Ball

Impressionistic Trees

This photo was taken using the aperture priority setting with F22, ISO 100 to create a slow shutter speed and using intentional camera movement (ICM) to create an impressionistic effect.  I was particularly pleased with the contrast created by the snow in the foreground against the darker tree trunks.