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DSLR photography beginners course at Shugborough – bees and spitfires
We had a particularly nice day running two courses at Shugborough on Sunday. Phil’s group did the beginners DSLR course, and spent most of the day photographing flowers and insects around the gardens. Shugborough’s artificial river is particularly photogenic!
We concentrated on getting the depth of field and colours right, but playing with the aperture and keeping an eye on the white balance – sometimes flowers are just a bit too colourful and the camera’s auto white balance tends to rob them of their colour.
We had a flypast by a Spitfire (hard to see but easy to hear), and a goodly number of bees in the lavender. The best trick with photographing all insects is to get them early in the day when they are cold and slow, but we got them anyway even in the middle of the day.
Shugborough is a lovely place for all kinds of photography, from macro flowers to parkland landscapes. Although it is a designed landscape, it’s not as prescribed somehow as Chatsworth or Stourhead, and the variety of pictures is usually greater.
We always have nice people there too – Rachel claims this is because of the proximity to her home town, Lichfield. Hmmm.