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Boer War Staffords

I went to West Bromwich Manor House on Sunday to photograph an American Civil War re-enactment by the Anglo-Boer War Staffords. It’s obviously an event with lots of action and opportunities for good photos.

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I was facing the firing squad for this shot, but wanted to get in much closer with the 105mm lens I was using. This is like a sporting event, so the camera was on the sport scene setting. That captures the action and adjusts to the subject.

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Members of the group did pose for pictures, but I prefer the candid shots and action shots. They are a lot more natural.

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I changed to manual for this shot with the ISO set on 400and it’s quite a colourful picture. I quite like it, it looks natural.

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Close ups of the action, seem much more interesting and the smoke gives a sense of action too. I was quite close to some of the action, turf from an explosion rained down a little once.

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When you’re taking the photo in poor light, remember the editing. This picture was a little dark,  so I made it lighter. Editing is a little like mixing paint. You would add white to paint to make it lighter, but you wouldn’t add black to make it darker. I used Windows Live Gallery to make this lighter and it’s done it by adding white pixels, giving a really smoky effect.

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The camera was set for multiple shots and so I managed to catch the cannon firing at just the right time.

A few things to remember if the light is poor on a cloudy day. Set white balance to cloudy, increase your ISO or simply use a scene setting like sport. On manual or aperture priority, zoom in close on a wide aperture for nice clear focusing. Remember, you can make you pictures lighter in editing, like adding white paint to make paint lighter. Remember too, that you aren’t just taking a picture, you’re creating an image with as much clarity as you can manage.

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