Shooting trains is like any other photo subject - but here
are a few tips to get you started.
Foremost; Always consider
whilst taking photos of moving or stationary trains and be
aware of the law on rail track
Photographing your train at the right location in the right
conditions, the result can be spectacular.
Some of the best pictures are achieved during the winter
months. At this time of the year the ambient temperature is
much colder, so steam
is in abundance, which will add energy into your shots
subject. Your subject could be an engine under full steam,
in the open
countryside, or just waiting in the station, the
opportunities to obtain some great shots are there for the
Low light and slow shutter speeds can be the norm this time
of year. Donít feel unduly concerned about raising the ASA/ISO
to get a faster shutter speed. A little pixel noise or grain
can add mood into this particular subject.
On a cloudy day dramatic light and beautiful skies will
enhance the picture and add additional impact. A steady
tripod and graduated
neutral density filter, plus a polarizing filter can be
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If you do not own a tripod the modern DSLR cameras now have
"vibration reduction" lens that reduce camera shake. If you are
shot of a moving train, pan with the subject whilst pressing the
shutter release, this will produce a pleasing effect, with the
foreground and background blurred due to camera movement and the
subject captured still. Low angle shots can be very dramatic but
over do this on every shot. Use different angles then select the
Composing a shot is one
of the most vital requirements in
producing a good photograph. There are many different ways to
compose a shot, with the easiest and most important being the Ďrule
of thirdsí and leading lines. For variety take both vertical and
horizontal photos of your subjects.
Finally, it is essential for the person behind the camera to
practice good techniques, regardless of the subject.
Hopefully, these tips
and techniques will prove useful as you explore the exciting
activity of photographing trains.
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