Photo Tours in London


Our informative photography guide for your visit or photo tour of London.





















Photography Tours London

DSLR Cameras

DSLR cameras wull give you better quality photos than a compact if you use it well. Compacts need good conditions to get the best photos whereas a DSLR has a greater range that can cope with adverse conditions (which means, in London, low light). The bigger sensor of DSLR cameras will give you better qualilty in general.

You will need to understand ISO and when to change it. A rule of thumb is to raise the ISO in lower light and that also means checking the light on the day and setting your ISO for that light and then raising it if you meet low light photography conditions.

You should increase the ISO whenever your speed gets compromised (lets say, roughly, if you start getting speeds slower than 1/30 second for portraits that don't move much or 1/125 with slow movement). In general for clear photography aim for a higher speed than you think, if you can get it.

If none of this makes sense and you can't be bothered with the photographic niceties then you might be better off with a Compact Camera since they are much lighter to carry. If you use a DSLR in Auto mode then you may not be able to change ISO or many other features - so Auto users are pretty much crippling their cameras in terms of creative photographic possibilities.

If you are using Auto on a DSLR and you want to do more with your photography then you might consider getting professional tuition before leaving or do a photo tour including tuition in London.

If you want to go ahead on your own and you are an Auto person then we suggest you try the P mode which is like Auto but will give you a lot of creative control which you won't get with Auto. Best to try out our camera before you leave.

Another advantage of DSLR's is that you can change lenses and this also appies to the smaller micro four thirds cameras. These smaller cameras look to us like the perfect tourism cameras since you have less weight, bulk and smaller lenses. They are not up to the standard of the better DSLRs, but, if you are not intending to be a professional photographer, just want to take very good photos instead, then the micro four thirds cameras are good. Again please try before leaving, especially the menu systems can be fiddly to incomprehensible on Olympus cameras.

You can get electronic versions of most camera manuals to help you. For Canon and Nikon use the USA websites to get electronic manuals.