A beginners guide to photographing Geysers

While geysers and hot springs may not top everyone’s list when they go to Iceland, New Zealand, or Yellowstone, once you catch a glimpse of these magnificent phenomenon you would be hard pressed to put your camera down.

So here is a complete beginner’s guide to how to photograph geysers and hot springs.

I was recently lucky enough to be leading a photography holiday through Iceland in conjunction with Travel Department and Dublin Photography School and had an opportunity to teach the group some of the most common ways to photograph these wonders.

1. Shoot in burst mode
Shoot in burst mode

Shoot in burst mode to take multiple shoots in a row

2. Turn Auto Focus to manual and Pre-focus your camera or turn on af-c, ai servo mode.
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prefocus on the base of the geyser as this will stop shutter lag when the action happens

3. Stand upwind of the geysers as all you will photograph is steam downwind and if too close to the geyser may actually get a soaking.
Stand upwind of the geysers as all you will photograph is steam downwind.

Stand upwind of the geysers as all you will photograph is steam downwind.

4. To freeze motion you will need to set your camera to at least 400 ISO
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use a high iso about 400-800 depending on the light to allow higher shutter speeds

5. Shoot in TV or S mode and set a Shutter speed of at least 1/1500 or faster
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set camera dial to TV for Canon or S mode for Nikon

6. Try to compose your shoot with something to demonstrate scale
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use objects such as signs and boulders to add a sense of scale

6. Water can be very bright and can fool your light meter so be prepared to review you histogram and slightly under exposure your shoot by up to a stop by using EV Compensation
Exposure-Compensation

Exposure compensation allows you to override the camera metering and adjust the exposure.

7. You can also add a Circ Pol filter to enhance definition by reducing glare and removing reflections and boosting colors. see a Dublin photography school video here on how to use them
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A Circ Pol Filter reduces glare and saturates colors

8. There are many ways to photography these wonders of nature; this is just one simple way, once you got your safe shoots move on to experimenting with long exposures and bracketing or multiple exposures.

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Stewart Kenny is a fine art landscape photographer and is head of training at Dublin Photography School. Stewart’s passion is black and white and regularly leads tours and lectures around Ireland when not providing photography courses with Dublin Photography School.

More Travel Photography Tips

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See Dublin Photography School For More Information On Taking A Travel Photography Course In Dublin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Air Travel Considerations

 

 

 

 

 

 

When traveling by air, please remember that this can have massive implications on the amount of gear that you can carry, first off if your carrying your photography gear in your carry-on luggage , some airport security may ask you to power it on to prove that it’s not been tampered with or that you have taken no images of the security point, so make sure your batteries are charged. Two if you are putting your camera in your check in luggage, please be aware that most airlines will not accept any responsibility for damage during transit. Also if your cases go missing, you are only insured for a certain amount, so make sure your gear is within the limit.

 

  1. Set a Theme

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Setting a theme for your travels has two fantastic benefits, first is that after your done getting the safe shots you wanted to allows you to see new shots and keeps you inspired to keep shooting and the second benefit is that, it will look fantastic if you compile a photo book of your travels when you’re at home.

 

  1. Shoot the signs

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With all the hussle and bustle of being in a new country, with the sights, sounds and smells, it’s easy to forget where you took a particular shoot. This comes in very handy for websites like flickr and 500px when tagging your images. It will also help you if you return back to the area in future.

 

  1. Bracketing

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When away on holidays, make sure you get the shot you want by bracketing your shots, this means that your camera will take several exposures of the same image, turn on AEB (auto exposure bracketing) to make sure you get the shot right and that you are not disappointed later.

 

  1. Get up high

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Get off the tourist trail and get high to get the best possible vantage point, this can be a balcony in a church, a rooftop restaurant, top of a landmark, the options are there if you look for them.

 

  1. Shoot in shutter priority mode

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When going walkabout in a city, make sure your shooting in TV, S, SP mode and try set your shutter speed to about 1/640 this will insure that you will be able to freeze about 95% of your shots, and catch them sharp.

 

  1. Saving your battery

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It’s only when we are using our cameras all day that we realise, how short the battery life can seem sometimes, so here are a few tips to help you extend your battery life, 1. Don’t review your screen to often only when you need to, turn off automatic flash, turn your focus mode to one shot when not shooting movement, don’t turn off your camera, put it into sleep mode where possible, as constantly powering on and off the camera can require a lot of energy depending on the model. Think about turning off your VR/IS/OS when not needed (marginal savings)

 

  1. Hotel room window

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Your hotel window is a great opportunity to do overnight timelapses and night cityscapes, just make sure the lights are off in the room so there are no reflections in the window.

 

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Travel Photography Courses Dublin & Ireland

Why not check out the upcoming Travel Photography Course that will be taking place in Dublin Photography School Later this year, to help you capture and record the trips of a lifetime. For all and any photography courses in Dublin and Ireland ….have a look here.

Check out our website http://www.dublinphotographyschool.ie for full details

Check out our website http://www.dublinphotographyschool.ie for full details

Load up your photography kit bag and your comfy walking shoes and join us as we head down the country to Kilfane Glen and Waterfall. Kilfane is a picturesque paradise with a waterfall tumbling it’s way to a rushing stream and woodland paths leading to a cottage orné. It is made up of tiny bridges, which sit among ancient trees, wild fox-gloves, ferns and other historically correct 18th century planting. To capture the true essence of the place, you have the gardens, which cover about 15 acres of easily accessible natural landscape. These will offer you varied and fantastic photographic opportunities throughout. On route home we will make a stop in the village of Leighlinbridge (meaning ‘half glen of the bridge) on the river barrow, and on Mount Leinster (the highest of the Blackstairs Mountains) for more unique photographic opportunities and panoramic views. This excursion is designed for digital SLR or bridge SLR users.

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Waterford’s stunning Copper Coast – A Photographers Playground!ImageJust east of Dungarvin, lies one of the most spectacular coastline in Ireland known as the Copper Coast. It comprises some 20 miles of stunning coastline, and it will give you a fantastic opportunity to photograph scenes consisting of sandy beaches and coves which are enclosed by rocky headlands. The combining of oceans, volcanoes, deserts and ice sheets has created these rocks. The coastal stretch passes through five small villages and will offer you, cliffs, panoramic views, woodlands and clear waters and copper sands. Continuing along the coast road, we will eventually reach the bustling coastal town of Tramore. We will escort you on this two night photography tour which will offer many unique

via Photography Holidays Ireland – Cooper Coast Tour.

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