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Loch Lomond Photography: Top Ten Tips from Photographer Paul Saunders

In this guest blog, photographer Paul Saunders shares his passion for photographing Loch Lomond & Clyde Sea Lochs as well some great photography tips!

Learn how to take better pictures for your business with Paul on a 1-day photography workshop on 31st March in Gartocharn.

I was recently asked why I love Loch Lomond and whilst there are so many good reasons, the one that instantly comes to mind is the beauty of its ever-changing views.

If you take a photograph of a scene in Loch Lomond & The Clyde Sea Lochs, no matter whether it’s a loch, glen, town, village, stretch of coastline, hill, mountain or anything else, you will never ever again see that same view again. The way the light falls on a scene constantly changes, not to mention the hand of nature constantly evolving the landscapes through days, months and seasons. What you capture can be something special and unique - your take on Loch Lomond.

Loch Lomond & The Clyde Sea Lochs provides a never-ending supply of incredible photography opportunities and we know from talking to visitors that it is one of the most popular activities. I am lucky enough to live in the National Park and despite spending almost every day out and about in it with a camera I feel that I have so much yet to capture.

As well as landscapes I am also hired to photograph special moments including weddings, family celebrations and portraits, as well as providing photography training for people who want to learn how to get the most out of their camera. I have recently made a DVD guide to digital photography, which was filmed in Loch Lomond.

Here is a Top 10 list of photography tips for your next visit to Loch Lomond & The Clyde Sea Lochs. We’d love to see how you get on so do share your photos with us on Facebook and Twitter. Enjoy!

Top 10 Photography Tips from Paul Saunders

1. Keep a camera with you at all times, there is a never-ending supply of views and scenes to capture all across Loch Lomond & The Clyde Sea Lochs.

2. Make a point of taking photographs in the ‘Magic Hour’ that’s the first hour after the sun goes up and the last hour before the sun goes down. The light is often amazing and beautiful for photography.

3. Don’t just go for the obvious view look for something different. Not every great picture is conveniently placed at eye level! Move around, go high, go low; just a small change in angle can make a huge difference to the end picture.

4. Look to tell a story in an individual picture or a series of images. Bring to life what you’re seeing, try and include some detail that will set a scene.

5. Having an item in a view across the loch helps to add some scale to the photograph, for instance a boat on the loch.

6. Go for quality not quantity, too many photographs will take you ages to work on when you get home. Spend more time on each picture and get it just right.

7. Use a higher f-number for landscapes, this will provide a greater depth of field in meaning more of the image is sharp in a scene.

8. The rule of thirds is a good one, positioning the main item so that it takes up a third of the image. For views that means that either the sky or the land/water should cover a third of the image. This stops the horizon being dead centered and improves the look of the image.

9.Look for textures; sometimes a rusty building can be incredibly photogenic! Also colours and lines can add some dimension and interest to a picture.

10. Cherish at least one picture from your trip, blow it up, get it framed and on the wall, let it provide a constant reminder of your visit to Loch Lomond & The Clyde Sea Lochs.

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