You don’t need to go on an expensive trip to the South Pacific to get the most out of your digital camera. There are many parts of the United Kingdom that fully justify time and effort spent photographing them. South Devon is one of these areas: coastal, peaceful and traditional, it is equally attractive at night than in the day.
Digital cameras haven’t always been known for their ability to photograph well at night but some make it easy. To help you get the most out of your device, here is some advice on taking pictures in the challenging conditions of South Devon.
Some of the most wonderful photographs in history have been of traditional Victorian beach towns with piers and promenades. Teignmouth has the lot and with the right camera you can capture it all.
So many people are tempted to only use their digital camera in the daytime, but there are plenty of tips around to help you get use from yours at night. Line up a twilight shot of Teignmouth’s harbour, keeping the camera on a tripod at the correct setting and you might well be surprised at the result. It is also the ideal spot for a dramatic cliff shot – if you get it just right.
Slightly more inland you will find Widecombe-in-the-moor. Here is where, with the right conditions you can let your imagination run wild at the heart of the Dartmoor National Park. If you’ve ever looked at photography magazines and seen dusk shots of eerie moors then this is the place for you. Play with lower ISO settings and higher exposure to see what you can produce.
No photography album is complete without wildlife shots and Dawlish is where to come for them. A peninsula with golden sandy beaches, it is a great location for natural scenery.
The National Nature Reserve offers the chance to snap birds and at dusk almost every angle offers the opportunity for a photograph. Set up the tripod, fill up the Thermos and wait for the right moment.