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Taking clients out to shoot nightscapes is always very rewarding, you get to share the tranquility of the shoot location with someone who is eager to try out shots they might not normally attempt, and the pleasure of seeing their results. Often, the client brings ideas and compositions that even you hadn’t thought of. I am of the opinion, never stop learning.

I am of the opinion, never stop learning

I met Steve by chance in 2015 when out on a night-shoot. He happened to be at a location I had shot previously and was there because of an image I had posted to Flickr which he was wanting to recreate. We chatted and he carried on. Later in the year he approached me to partake in one of my night workshops.  I wanted to ensure we had the very best weather to give good opportunity for the shoot, so we waited. In fact due to the poor weather we waited until early 2016.

So, on a good forecast, and when the moon would not interfere we made arrangements and headed to Donnington Castle from my premises to shoot this lovely English Heritage spot.

Prior to the shoot we went over the equipment and chatted about some ideas to ensure we could jump straight into capturing some nightscapes.

Donnington Castle (the gatehouse is all that remains) is a nice challenging location as it sits proudly on a hill overlooking the bright lights of Newbury. However, on a cold clear night the visibility is excellent. We parked and walked up to inspect some possible compositions.

Steve uses a Pentax K3 (crop sensor), with various lenses. On this occasion we concentrated on using his Sigma 10-20mm. After setting up and teaching some techniques on finding focus, Steve got shooting under my guidance. I also demonstrated the difference a full-frame sensor makes using my Canon 6D with the 16-35mm F/2.8 lens.

A couple of other photographers accompanied us who come out with me on shoots and they busied themselves with their own shots.

After shooting various shots, we had some fun with glow-sticks / light painting before heading back to my home. Steve and I then downloaded his images into Lightroom for review on a large screen and I spent some time teaching him some processing of the RAW images he had taken. There’s nothing more rewarding than hearing your client say ” I can’t believe I took that “.

Steve left with his images where he would then work on them in Lightroom to his personal taste (something I really encourage).

Here’s a few of Steve’s shots, which I am really pleased to show – he has done an excellent job, and I thoroughly recommend finding him on Flickr etc. to follow his wonderful photography.

 Flickr Link

 

Cover image courtesy of Lewis Horsley

 

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