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Photographing conkers - Here are a few conker photography ideas.
If you're venturing out in search of conkers your standard zoom lens will get you good all-round portraits of family members collecting and playing with them. Your macro lens will get you close to the nuts on the trees (if you're tall enough) or back at home if you fancy having a go at an Autumn still life. A tripod would be handy when you're back at home but it's not really a necessity while you're out.
Today's the day of the World Conker Championships so why not get a couple of your own competitors and take a few shots as the battle commences. If you don't want to risk your camera getting hit, stand further back and use a zoom lens to bring them to you. This also gives you the option of photographing the competitors as they play the game as well as filling the frame with the battling conkers. It's also best to position your subjects in front of a plain background such as a hedge so it doesn't distract from the conkers.
To freeze the action and any bits that come flying off the conkers you'll need a fast-ish shutter speed. Try starting with 1/250 and work up from there if you find it a little too slow. Using continuous shooting mode will also give you a better chance of capturing that split second it takes for a conker to break.
Don't forget to take your camera along when you go out to collect the competing conkers. Shots of the family helping each other collecting the nuts or close-ups of hands full of conkers with the background out of focus are both good Autumnal shots.
Put some twigs, leaves and other Autumnal foliage in your bag with your conkers and shoot a Autumn inspired still life when you get back into the warmth of your home. All you need to do is find a surface somewhere there's plenty of natural light – patio doors or large windows are ideal and set your scene up on something white, such as a large piece of card. Use a reflector or another piece of white card to bounce light into the scene and leave your flash off as the light from it can be a little harsh. Make sure you position yourself so the light from the windows isn't too direct and use a plain background - coloured or white card works well. Use your macro lens or a short tele-photo to fill the frame with the table full of Autumnal shades.
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