Photography Workshop

Welcome to The Howick Historical Village. Village Photography Experience.

Here you will find images, challenges, tips a guides to settings to inspire and help you along the way. Clints Tip, Don’t just walk around clicking taking snapshots. Spend some time with your subject if you can and study the light. Take a photo and review it and ask yourself, is there a way I can improve it? move closer or further away? tilt the camera? change settings, change perspective higher or lower?


Nature on the move:

Capture a moving subject and freeze the action . Bee landing on a flower, bird in flight.

 Skill level 1-3

 Best mode: Tv mode , Shutter priority mode with a fast shutter speed depending on the speed your subject moves 1/400 – 1/800 sec and higher iso set to auto

Use Depth of Field

Using your aperture at it’s lowest f Stop: f1.4- 2.8 if you have it. Or 3.5 – f5.6 zoomed. Create a shallow depth of field where your subject is in focus and the background and or the foreground are out of focus. You might think you have to be close to do this but it can also be accomplished by standing back and zooming in on your subject focus point. Think about the background and background colours

Skill level 13

Best Mode Aperture priority/ AV Mode iso set to auto.



Look for and capture reflections. Reflections in water or glass and other places.

Best Mode Any: Use a higher fstop f8-f16 if it is more of a landscape image like a reflection on a pond with background. That way most of or all of the image will be in focus.

Show motion blur

I used AV Mode and selected f22 (lenses narrowest aperture opening) with ISO set to its lowest 100. Camera gave me a shutter speed of 1/13th sec. Hand held resting the camera on the fence
I used AV Mode and selected f22 (lenses narrowest aperture opening) with ISO set to its lowest 100. Camera gave me a shutter speed of 1/10th sec. Hand held resting the camera on the fence
This technique can also be used to create an image like this when used with a tripod at night

Capture motion blur on something that is moving (people walking, water wheel, fountain) but have other static elements sharp. It can be done without a tripod but you need a steady hand or rest your camera on something. Select your highest fstop number like f22 and set your ISO to its lowest 100, the camera will select the shutter speed/time and that will vary depending on whether you are shooting in full sun or shade.

Best mode Av Mode. Best lens wide angle not zoomed in.

Skill level 4-5

Create Bokeh.


Bokeh is the way a camera lens renders out of focus light reflecting off leaves and small pockets of light coming through trees etc, creating orbs of light. Often captured unintentionally.

Skill level 4-5

Best Mode: Aperture priority Mode or manual: Selecting a low f stop number f1.4 — f 3.5—f5.6. Depending on your lens. Remember standing back and zooming in on your subject at higher f stops f5.6 can also create Bokeh and out of focus backgrounds when there is distance between your subject and the background.

Abstract Impressionism 

Get creative with colours and textures with a slow shutter.

Combine a slow shutter speed with camera movement.

Trial and era will get you through finding suitable things to do this with and finding the right movement and shutter speed. You can pan in any direction. It could be a fast flick up or sideways while pressing the shutter or a slower movement. Focus first then pan and take photo.  It will also depend on the available light, full sun or shade. Have fun!

Best Mode TV mode/Shutter Priority: Slow shutter. Av mode f22 ISO Lowest 100

Skill level 4-5

Use leading lines

Leading lines can take the viewer to your subject or take them on a journey up a path, down a road or through a gate. You can include a narrow or wide depth of field. Up to you on this one.

Best Mode Any: Skill level 1-3


The general rule for a wide angle landscape is to shoot with a small aperture opening like f16 or higher so everything is in focus, but it doesn’t have to be that way for me. I would be more interested in a nice exposure with detail in the shadows and highlights like the sky.

If you are using f16 or higher you will need to watch your shutter speed. If it gets too slow you will need a steady hand or tripod or rest your camera on something.

My Tip: You will always get a more even exposure with the sun behind you.

Enjoy your day

More resources

Canon AV for aperture control TV for shutter control.
Nikon Av TV as A for aperture control and S for shutter control.

When you use either mode control over the shutter speed or aperture is moved to the main dial behind the focus button for quick access and control. Shutter mode, you set the shutter speed the camera will set aperture and ISO. Aperture mode you set the aperture the camera will set the shutter speed and ISO. More advanced users may also prefer to set the ISO


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