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Dudds

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Hello. As an amateur photographer I already have a solid understanding of photography. However, trains are proving a difficult subject! Is anyone able to direct me to a site which offers 'how to' advice on train photography specifically? Many thanks in advance.
 
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Tim R-T-C

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I don't know of any specific sites dedicated to it, so feel free to ask on here, lots of friendly photographers to hand, what trouble are you having?
 

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Hello. As an amateur photographer I already have a solid understanding of photography. However, trains are proving a difficult subject! Is anyone able to direct me to a site which offers 'how to' advice on train photography specifically? Many thanks in advance.

Not a website, but Kim Fullbrook wrote a reasonable book on the matter, and Ian Allan stock it.

 

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Many thanks. I've been looking at the pro photos used in rail magazines and am impressed by the detail across the range (light and shadows). I'm guessing, at the very least, polarizer and grad filters are being used. Will have a look at that Kim Fullbrook book, too.
 

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The best way to learn is practice, practice & more practice. The most important thing is to enjoy what you are doing. There are commonly accepted "rules" about photo composition - typically the main subject should lie at one third the way across the photo, rather than dead-centre, but you don't always have to follow these rules. Correct exposure depends camera performance, and practice in different lighting conditions will show you how your camera behaves. And remember, photos in books, magazines & web sites may have been digitally adjusted ("photoshopped") to improve contrast and detail (or in some cases, to "remove" posts, wiring, etc., so that the photo looks "pretty" instead of being an "honest" view of an event.)
 

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Many thanks. I've been looking at the pro photos used in rail magazines and am impressed by the detail across the range (light and shadows). I'm guessing, at the very least, polarizer and grad filters are being used. Will have a look at that Kim Fullbrook book, too.

Sometimes. But there's also the trick of understanding how to use shadows and light.
 
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