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Tips On Photographing Piers - If you're heading to the coast this Easter weekend here are a few tips to help you capture shots of piers.
- Wide-angle lens – Shoot the pier, beach and sea
- Macro – textures
- Tripod – help prevent wonky horizon
- Polarising filter – cut down on reflections and help increase colour in the sky on a bright day
WeatherA bright blue sky with spots of white clouds is of course great to work with but the cloud and rain more associated with British seaside weather will give you a collection of moody pier shots.
Start wideShooting from the beach will give you a cracking shot of the pier in its surroundings that works particularly well at sunrise/sunset. For added atmosphere try slowing your shutter speeds down to blur the movement of the sea as it crawl up the beach.
Top of the pierTake a walk along the boards before the tourists arrive and the empty pier can be used a leading line to guide the eye out to sea. If you want to emphasis the bustle of the seaside resort try using a slower shutter speed to blur the movement of the people walking up and down the pier.
If it's safe to do so go and have a walk under the pier as you'll often find a symmetrical structure that creates a strong graphical shot when photographed from the beach. The supports closer to the sea will often have interesting tide line patterns, seaweed and creatures worth a quick snap with your macro lens too. Just keep an eye on the tide if you venture under as you don't want you and your kit getting wet or worse still, swept out to sea.
Look closeWhen you've photographed the popular pier angles, the patterns in the wooden boards, rust on bolts and peeling paintwork on railings make great texture shots you can blend into other images in Photoshop.
SilhouetteFinally, if you're still at the coast when the sun's setting have a go at turning the pier into a silhouette. Just remember to expose for the brighter sky rather than the pier to create the desired effect.
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