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Photography Essentials: Waiting for the Light by David Noton

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Dunstanburgh Castle and Embleton Beach at dusk, Northumbria, England

I try and get as perfect a shot in-camera as possible. I’m not one for complex manipulations anyway – the best shots are the simplest and you can’t improve on nature. Here I gave a slightly warmer tone to the reeds in the foreground in post-production. I’ll often tweak the contrast or brightness of selected parts of the image such as the sky. Upping the contrast can have the appearance of accentuating the colours, but it is so easy to go over the top. Subtlety is the key.

• Canon EOS-1Ds MKII, 17–40mm lens

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