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Capturing a moment and cherishing the memories through a collection of photographs can give us so much pleasure. Whilst we navigate life through lockdown this could be the perfect time to fine tune your photography skills.

Here are some top tips from our expert photographer Stewart MacKellar:

"As an outdoors action photographer I always turn to nature for inspiration. So that’s exactly what I have done in lockdown. If you are a photographer or just wanting to pass time with the kids, I hope you can take something away from my tips below.

1. Take a step back and get inspired by nature

Look out your window and see what inspires you. If you are lucky enough to have a garden, put out some bird seed and enjoy the birds in flight. This is a great opportunity to practice your action shots. Get creative. Shoot in different lighting conditions, using speed blur techniques or try cranking up the shutter speed (on a sunny day) to freeze the feathers of the wings whilst in flight. (This is harder than shooting some action sports so you will have to spend some time doing this. When it works it’s a glorious moment) This can even be done from the comfort of your home, photographing through a window.

2. Photographing in the lockdown isn’t just for the pros

Get your phone out and try and photograph some garden bugs. Flying, crawling, eating and dancing with each other. This is great because insects aren’t scared of humans so you can get right up close and personal. Zoom in and explore the detail. (Great for kids… and adults) A secret tip, if you’re patient enough, swipe to slow-mo video and try and capture a bumble bee in flight just after collecting his pollen from a flower. Patience is key.

3. Considering a photography career, get planning?

This is a great time to sit down and brain storm what really interests you about photography. Why are you considering it as a career? Explore every area you can. What interests you? Is it personalities, nature, adventure sports, travel, is it story telling, art, is it the technical side, detail, lighting etc. Really dig deep on this one and you should find a few that really stand out. This is a great foundation to build from.

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding any of these tips and I will do my best to answer and please feel free to follow me on my social media platforms "

Instagram @stewmackellarphoto

Linkedin @stewartmackellar

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