The Journal
1st December 2017

Capturing Cumbria: Photography Tips

Sunset, snow and tree imagery


As one of the most picturesque places in the planet, those who visit Cumbria invariably want to record their experience by taking some photographs of the wonderful landscapes they have encountered. And whether using a mobile phone or a state-of-the-art camera, there are a few simple rules to follow.

Recently, we at Chapman have collaborated with top New York based photographer Adam Marelli to produce a stylish camera ready bag and it was this that inspired us to put together these tips for taking fantastic photographs.

Location, Location, Location

 The Cumbrian countryside offers a wealth of opportunities for fantastic photographs and the rolling fells, the crystal clear waters and their reflections are just two of them. In order to capture them at their best, however, a little thought regarding where you photograph them from will really enhance the results.

Elevated viewpoints, for example, often made for great photographic composition, where the landscape beneath you is sprawling and where the light is unhampered by buildings or trees and the like.

Thinking about the location and where best to shoot it from is a primary consideration when taking landscape photographs.


Let There be Light

 Another primary consideration for taking fantastic photographs is the light. There are certain times of day, sunrise and sunset for example, when the light can turn a run of the mill photograph into something magical.

As a general rule of thumb, however, try to take photographs when the sun is out to lend a helping hand – waiting for a cloud to pass can make a big difference. Also, try to work with the sun on your back for well-lit photographs and if you want to experiment with silhouettes, shoot into the sun.


Focus on your Subject

There are a great many technical factors to consider when taking photographs, but for non-professionals two stand out as particularly important. First, generally speaking, you want the subject or main part of the photograph to be in sharpest focus and if everything around it has a slightly softer focus, all the better.

Second, think about how the composition is proportioned and here the rule of thirds can come in handy. This rule states that you should split your screen into thirds both horizontally and vertically – then use the grid as a way to line up the picture.

Well balanced compositions make for excellent photographs.

Post Photo Filters

 Once you have taken your photographs and picked out the best ones to keep, you may want to play around with some filters in the hope of improving them further. Most smart phones have basic photo editing functions that will allow you to do this, but if not there are other ways to go about it.

For example, uploading your images to a website like Instagram will give you access to a really useful and interesting range of photo editing functions – you can resize, change the colour balance and even alter things like the saturation of light in the photo.

When you are happy with the result you can save and share your images – when doing so we’d love to see what you have accomplished and so share them with us on any of our social channels.

Good luck and happy snapping!