Lockdown Photography – Arty Bart Photo

Lockdown Photography

Let's face it; living in lockdown is uncomfortable, but we can all help ourselves by harnessing our creativity. We've all seen a lot of that, with Facebook memes and YouTube videos over the past few weeks. Creativity always shines in a crisis.

Photography Can Thrive Right Now

Ghost Town - York, England, as it would look now

Photography is a creative art and doesn't stop being so just because we're in lockdown. Everyone has access to a camera of some sort, and everyone can be creative. There are also massive health benefits attached to photography - both mental and physical. 

We have limits placed on us. We must social distance, we have limits of when, where and for what we can go out. We must stay safe. While observing all of this nobody said we can't carry a camera. Here in the UK we are allowed to go out for daily exercise - why not take a camera with you on your daily walk?

Here's a selection of types of photography which can really thrive right now. There are so many we can't mention them all, but if you think of anything we haven't listed, why not list it in the comments section below? By doing so you're helping inspire everyone who reads this article. Let's see some community spirit!

Portrait Style Photography

We're not just talking about portraits of people here. We're including photographs of any particular subject taken while isolating it from it's background.  This can be done by:

  • Making sure the background isn't cluttered so that your subject stands out
  • If your camera has a portrait setting - use that. Even many 'phones have this setting these days.
  • Use a large aperture, while using aperture priority mode ot manual.

Macro Photography

A macro is a type of lens which can get extremely close to your subject. It also has an extremely low "depth of field" so that only a tiny amount in front of and behind your subject will be in focus. This can produce stunning effects on even everyday objects. It can even make a cheese grater look good...

Taken with clip on 'phone lens

Astro Photography and the Night Sky

Neither the moon nor the stars are going anywhere, and all are visible from your front door, windows or back yard. Now would be a great time to pick up some skills of photographing the night sky. Someone in our Facebook Group took such a photo our of his window with sillouetted rooftops, and it made it's way into a calendar!

  • Select ISO 100 if possible to mimimise noise interference (the digital equivalent of film grain)
  • Lenses tend to have a "sweet spot" where the image will be clearest. This will vary from lens to lens but is usually around f11. Use your lenses "sweet spot" unless you have any particular depth of field considerations which would dictate otherwise. You can do this using manual, or in aperture priority mode.
  • Your shutter speed may be long, depending on the image you are taking. You may need to steady your camera on a beanbag, or tripod. You may need to use your camera's timer or an external remote switch to avoid shake while pressing buttons.
  • You will likely need to focus manually until the stars become sharp. Usually you put the focus to infinity and pull back a little. If your camera allows you to focus in live view you can zoom in on the screen to check your focus is sweet. Otherwise you will have to take the shot, zoom in, check the focus, adjust rinse and repeat. 

Sillouettes against a stary night

You can turn the stars into streams with long exposures

The camera was pointed out of a bedroom window

This picture was taken from the back yard

Wildlife Photography

Great tit taken locally

Wildlife is thriving under lockdown. We've had wild goats on the streets of LLandudno, and many report wildlife getting bolder and less afraid of humans. 

Wildlife photography in lockdown can mean anything from birds in the garden, to anything you are fortunate enough to see on your daily walk for exercise. If you have a macro or other lens that allows you to get fairly close up, photographing the insects or butterflies you may be fortunate to come across. We've noticed the bees are out in force at the moment. Our Facebook Group has produced some great insect macros! 

Sparrows on a Feeder

Geese at the local pond

Local lambs

Just because we could...

Landscapes and Cityscapes

Landscapes and cityscapes aren't going anywhere in lockdown, and if you are able to access them as part of your allotted daily exercise you're a winner. Honestly, the amount of time we've spent taking city scapes - trying to make sure that people aren't walking in front of the shot and all that jazz. That's not so much of a problem right now.

Remember with your landscapes, you're generally better off with a small aperture if you want everything n the picture to be sharp.

"Candy Floss" water effect created using slow shutter speed.

Pet Photography

Our pets are thriving right now as many of them are getting far more attention and companionship than normal. OK, the cats may not be so grateful, but other pets certainly are!

Pets can make for great photography. Bailey is probably one of the most photographed dogs in the world...

Explore Different Angles

Photographing objects from angles you wouldn't normally see them often makes the image far more pleasing. Shooting from low down also enables you to play with perspective. Try shooting something nig through blades of grass for example.

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