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Spring Lambs taking a break
After an unseasonably cold, yet dry, April spring is at last bursting into action.  The evenings are now getting longer and the sun is beginning to bring some warmth.  Lambs can be seen playing in the fields and primroses are in full bloom as the first bluebells appear beside the woodland paths and in the woods and valleys of  Dartmoor. This shot was taken with a Canon compact zoom, SX30is, from over 100 meters away using the powerful 35x Zoom to get close. .

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A typical Macro shot
Now is the perfect time to get out into the garden and local countryside and get some great shots of the  colourful hedgerows and Spring colour. On Dartmoor  the moorland landscape will soon be covered in spring colour with lambs and foals making picture postcard shots.  Choose a wide angled lens and set your camera on Landscape or Program Mode for general scenic shots.  Remember the golden rule - good light will improve your shots - so try to  get up early and catch the light at its best. 

Don’t forget to get some close-up shots  using the Macro setting on your camera.  A tripod will help if you want to get pin sharp images or capture  colourful sunsets and panoramas.

This year brings a wealth of celebratory days with the Olympic torch due to pass through Yealmpton in the  morning on the 20th May and the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations in June.  So this is the ideal time to brush up  on your photography skills and ensure you get some memorable photos of these  once in a life time historic events and celebrations.
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Giving chase on the beach
When photographing moving objects, such as an Olympic torch bearer, it’s important to choose the correct camera settings to avoid an image spoilt by too much motion blur.  For simplicity choose the sport or action shooting mode on your camera,  this will automatically set your camera to continuous focusing, allowing you to  half depress the shutter button and follow the action and maintain focus until  you want to take the shot. 

Most cameras will also enable continuous shooting mode, where after fully depressing the shutter button the camera will take a series of shots if you keep your finger on it.  Remember you won’t get a second chance so keep shooting, it costs you nothing, and the more shots you take the greater the chance of getting that memorable shot.

For those more confident at  choosing custom settings  work in program or shutter priority mode with as fast a speed as the lighting conditions  will allow.  If necessary increase the light sensitivity of your camera by raising the ISO to 200-400 in overcast weather conditions.  A wide angled zoom lens up to 85-105mm is ideal for this type of shot, but if you don’t think you will be able to get up close choose a telephoto lens instead. 
 
To find out more about using your digital camera take advantage of our Spring discount and book a one day
Digital Camera Workshop for just £55.  To brush up on your photography skills book a day out at a wild life or
spring colour Photo Shoot and get practical help and advice on how to get shots that wow.

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