Scotland is well known for its drab and dreich winters, but when it comes to photography, the soft light and miserable weather is perfect for capturing pictures.
Weatherman Sean Batty was keen to try his hand at the craft with some hints and tips from Herald photographer Martin Shields. Martin has taken a lot of pictures of the Scottish weather and finds snow the most difficult to capture.
“Snow can be a bit of a challenge in itself,” he said. “Because snow’s white there’s nothing to focus on so it totally fools the meter and darkens everything down.
“A trick when photographing snow is to put a wee splash of colour in that brings the picture to life.”
Taking Martin’s advice on board, Sean headed outside to take some pictures, and although it was grey and overcast there was plenty to photograph.
Using a monopod is the easiest way to take good pictures as it holds the camera steady so you can get the perfect shot.
After getting to grips with the camera, Sean went into the park to use the macro settings for some close up shots before heading back inside to look at his handiwork.
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