Centre Point, a 24 floor building, which was one of the first skyscrapers to be built in London. It is situated above Tottenham Court Road tube station and at 385 ft (117m) is currently the city’s joint 27th tallest building. Taken with a Nikon D80 converted for infrared at an exposure of 1/50th second at f 22, ISO 100, with the lens at 28mm
If you’re taking pictures in low light and are not using a tripod set your camera to continuous release and fire off a burst of frames. This way at least one frame should be in focus and not show any signs of camera shake.
Centre Point, a 24 floor building, which was one of the first skyscrapers to be built in London. It is situated above Tottenham Court Road tube station and at 385 ft (117m) is currently the city’s joint 27th tallest building. Taken with a Nikon D80 converted for infrared at an exposure of 1/80th second at f 11, ISO 100, with the lens at 24mm
When reviewing an image the histogram can be very helpful. If the histogram is all the way to the left hand side then the image is underexposed, if it’s all the way to the right hand side it’s overexposed and if all the peaks are in the middle of the histogram the image will have the correct exposure.
Underexposed Overexposed Correct Exposure
After having taken the picture examine it in the camera’s monitor to check that you’re happy with it. If you enable the highlights option in the playback menu you’ll see flashing “blinkies” where the image is overexposed and details have been lost or blown out. The next step is to use the exposure compensation button to reduce the exposure by, say, one stop then retake the picture and re-examine it in the monitor. Repeat as necessary. It may be that only a small unimportant part of the image is blown out and it’s not necessary to reduce the exposure to try to correct this.
If your camera gives you the option of a viewfinder grid display switch the display on and use it to help to ensure that your horizons are horizontal and your verticals are vertical. It’s too easy to tilt the camera one way or another and end up with a tilted ocean.
When framing the picture push the shutter button half way down and wait for the camera to lock the focus and exposure – the viewfinder will almost certainly contain an indicator that lights up when the camera is in focus. Then press the button all the way down to take the picture.