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Article by:  Ollie Flintberg:  A Different View

 I have been  an amateur photographer belonging  to Corralejo Camera Club for six months. I have found  friendship and new opportunities to take many meaningful photos. My own photo equipment consists of my  mobile phone as well as a thirteen year old compact camera. My little camera has enough bells and whistles which I can manage to set right. A more  advanced and costly camera that I can’t manage in the right way would not improve my photography. A great way to bring out the fine motifs, in addition to the traditional picture where maybe we are eating  a meal, is to plan what I want to be in my photo. An example would be “a subject with special background”. A great advantage and a tip with a digital camera is that you can take at least 5 pictures of the same subject and then select the best. If someone desires to have a nice experience I usually always recommend a hike on foot or by bike 10 km long the stretch between Corralejo and Lajares. The tour offers unforgettable views and it is also possible to see an extinct volcanic crater from the inside. When you are in front to Lajares, we can enjoy a meal or a refreshing drink. After a moment’s pause and rest, we now have the opportunity to even along with the bike, take the bus back to Corralejo. I have the forces behind to ride on, if it is not blowing too hard an uphill battle, there’s a paved bicycle trail to the West Coast and the old fishing village of El Cotillo. Are you home delivery with local bus leaves bus 1 times per hour towards Corralejo. Do not miss the opportunity to in El Cotillo, at cloud-free weather, watch the sunset on the horizon. If you are interested in photography contact:

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Article by:  Wendy Kerr:   A Different View

 If you are reading this while enjoying a holiday here, why not take home a different view of Fuerteventura. Within the amazing mix of mountain and desert scenery there are many derelict buildings, one time homes of local people many years ago. These structures can prove to be great subjects for photos and lots of them are easily accessible.

 Once you have located one, check out what is around it that you can include to add some interest, plants such as cacti or aloe vera. Old aloe vera plants can grow very tall and then start to fall over, as you can see all round the island.

 Walk around the area, taking care underfoot as there is sure to be some loose rubble from the original building. Choose a view that you think looks best, and try a few shots. Access  the inside if you can as there may be a window to frame an outside view of the surrounding landscape. Interiors will almost certainly have something interesting , such as a fireplace, bits of wood or the odd beer can. Try shooting from the ground upwards, getting down if its practical or finding something to sit on so that you get the camera nice and low. Another tip is to put you camera on the ground , shoot and take pot luck as to what is produced.

 If you are lucky there might be some local wild life which wants to get in the picture too.

 Early mornings and evenings are the best time for such photos, as the light at these times turns the traditional stones into a beautiful golden colour.

 Look for long shadows too, but make sure one  of them is not yours by mistake.

 Whether you are using a camera phone or a fully digital one, with a little care you should be able to produce some great photos of your stay here .

Article by:  Wendy Kerr:   To Crop or not to Crop….

That is a question that you should ask yourself when viewing photos that you have taken, whether it was with a camera, phone, tablet or anything else. A good crop can turn a simple photo into an amazing one, and yet it is a simple procedure that you can do, with either basic software or the program in your device.

So, what to look for before deciding. If you have not taken a perfect shot, and we all make mistakes, missed a bit of leg or the top of someone’s head, look for something in the image that will become the focal point (that is the part of the photo that your eye is drawn to) and crop around it. There may be something that you didn’t want in the shot, such as a lamp post, which you can remove if it is near the edge of your picture.

Maybe you have taken a full-length shot of someone and by cropping it to head and shoulders, the shot has more impact.

A few other examples are:

A group shot cropped to one or two people. If you particularly want the entire group take several shots and use each shot for a different one or two people.

  • A table set for a meal with several place settings, crop to just one place.
  • A garden scene could be cropped to one plant or interesting feature.
  • A street scene reduced to one street sign.

These examples demonstrate that, by cutting out all the excess detail, your image has just one focal point instead of many, and will be better for it.

When deciding which area to dispose of, the subject does not have to be in the centre. At times it can work better if it is on the left or right side depending on what the subject is doing. Pull the crop area around the image to see what looks best before finally deciding where to put it. It might be that the image is just fine, so to leave alone is the best option. The next time you take a photo and look at it, just ask yourself… to crop or not to crop.

Article by:  Ian Terry:  Rule of Thirds

The ‘rule of thirds’ is an idea that important features are placed off centre in a photo as this is more aesthetically pleasing in many cases. Many cameras these days can display a grid in the viewfinder, but if not just try to imagine dividing the area into three both vertically and horizontally. Use these lines or intersecting points to position dominant features in the photo. For instance, in a landscape, instead of positioning the horizon in the middle of the frame, position it two thirds up the photo to allow more foreground or one third up the photo to allow more background or sky.

If you want to focus on a specific object or person, half depress the shutter release button then re-compose the frame before pressing the button all the way down. Alternatively you can usually use the dial on the back of your camera to move the main focus point.

Of course everything is subjective and rules are meant to be broken. I saw a stunning sunset of Tindaya Montana the other day with it dead in the centre of the photograph, albeit with the horizon just below the lower third to allow some fantastic clouds.

Article by:  Wendy Kerr:  Black and White Photography

If you have been snapping away with your camera or phone, you may be thinking, why on earth would you want to take a black and white photo?

Today’s cameras, either on your phone or a point and shoot can produce great colour shots.  But a photo taken with only two tones can have more impact. Many cameras have a setting to enable you to do this, called monochrome, or a means of conversion to black and white once you have taken it.

If not there are free downloads on the internet of photo editing software to convert a colour photo after taking it. Examples are are Pixlr, GIMP, Photopad.

Here are a few points to consider before you start.

Landscapes are a good choice for black and white photos, turning what might be uninteresting view into something dramatic. Look for interesting shapes, textures, leading lines (these are lines such a path, fence or road that go straight into the picture and make your eye follow it). Contrasting areas, such as clouds or shadows can add impact. If you can find a single object such as a tree, person, lamppost it will stand out and create a good focal point.

Portraits can also be very attractive in this medium, particularly if the existing light can illuminate a face. Ask the subject to look away from the camera and try and have a light source such as window casting light on their face. Maybe your cat likes sitting in the window!

Avoid too much detail in the picture as it may just disappear. Crowd scenes or moving objects are not always good subject matter. A street scene, however, can produce a powerful image.

You may find buildings with great architecture, shop doorways, street signs or traffic lights. They can all add up to a great black and white photo.