How to take photos of Limerick
This is where I talk about actually taking the photos.
This isn’t a places to go kind of thing, I feel you will learn more by finding these out on your own, however the pathway beside the Condell road is a nice place to start, and anywhere along the Shannon is good really for a starting point too.
So, there are tons of environmental factors with regards to how a photo will look, the time of day the weather, how bright it is outside a whole load of different things, so I figure the best way was to go out and take a bunch of photos, I’ll admit though I recently got a telephoto lens so I used that quite a bit more than I should have however some of these basic tips will set you well on your way
1. Don’t be afraid to explore – not so much of a problem when you’re visiting Limerick as a tourist or someone who doesn’t know the place, but often locals become blind to the environment around them. sure, you might think of one or two nice places that you’d like to go but keep an open mind as to what the rest of the world may find interesting about Limerick
2. try weird things – new angles or underexposing the photo, I bumped into a photography class during my travels, one of them saw something in a leaf on the ground, I suppose this is just as much about thinking freely as it is about learning what works, you might have to change to a manual setting to get really experimental.
3. delete bad photos and try again – photography requires a little bit of perfectionism, if you take a photo take the time to make sure it’s not blurry or over exposed, and whether or not it actually looks nice (composition wise), if any of these are off change the appropriate setting (or move around a bit and reframe the picture for composition) to fix it.
4. weather – weather in Ireland isn’t always great it’s always cloudy and cold PERFECT FOR PHOTOGRAPHS! Clouds diffuse sun light, this is great because cameras are limited by something called dynamic range, our eyes have about 20 stops of light (remember the f-stops for last time, we use them to measure aperture but specifically it’s a measurement of light) of dynamic range whereas a DSLR camera has 12-14, and a phone camera has even less. this means harsh light of a sunny day may cause problems, where shadows are really under exposed and the pale Irish forehead of whoever you take a photo of, is overexposed (or blown out completely) – not really a problem when its cloudy
5. take raw photos, if you’re on a relatively new phone, this will still apply to you, even iPhones can take raw photos now, you may need to download an app for this, raw photos aren’t technically photos but the unprocessed sensor data from the camera. They allow you to edit a photo without losing an information, thy also allow you to reduce or increase exposure white balance etc., they essentially allow for breathing room, so if you do manage to make a mistake, as long as it’s still in focus, you will most likely be able to save it.
6. photos of rivers – the river Shannon is the most famous river in Ireland, and it runs right through Limerick City,
so how do you take photos of it?
Well there’s a couple of options, depending on how still the water is, sometimes it’s merely rippling reflection of beauty that can be captured as is, other times it’s like rapids in a water fall, where the longer you take a photo for the more air brushed the appearance of the water becomes, sometimes it can become almost like mist by the end of it.
This requires experimentation on your part, if all you have is a phone then you’re going to have to sit it up against something or put it on one of those tiny tripods and use an app, the app average camera pro will simulate a long exposure for you, alternatively you can take a few standard photos import them into photoshop/ Lightroom and average them out that way