The days of practicing photographic techniques for the nature photography of the MSc have definitely started giving me the feeling of knowing my camera, its functions and also its limits, better. Dare I say that now it’s actually predominantly me telling the camera what to do, not vice versa, and achieving the effects I wish for the photo.
During the last weekend I additionally was given the chance to practice my new set of skills, whilst volunteering as a photographer at the Match&Fuse Festival in London. Up to four different venues were used to showcase a variety of European music acts – each stage using different lighting, thus requiring me to keep readjusting the ISO and shutter speed. Taking photos in the often dim lighting conditions of Sherwood Forest a couple of weeks ago, was good practice for this.
Having now taken a first look at the festival-photos, I can clearly see, which high ISO-values start having a grainy effect on the pictures, but also which shutter speeds work best in certain settings.
This knowledge was already useful for me a couple of days later, when Dr. David Fox visited our course and brought his Golden Eagle along with him. I felt more confident choosing the appropriate camera setting, when given the chance to photograph the majestic bird.