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3 Photo Tips for Better Covered Bridge Images

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1. Get the snapshot

When you drive up to a covered bridge, barn or any structure for that matter, and pull out the camera, make sure to get the snapshot. That snapshot is the shot anyone can take regardless of photographic knowledge or skills. This is usually just a straight-on shot, with the road leading into the bridge or structure.

Don't be afraid to go ahead and get that snapshot. While looking for creative angles and the unusual shot that justifies your photographic prowess, don't forget the basic shots. Sometimes it's the simple snapshot that works best.

2. Now get the money shot from inside out

If it's a covered bridge, or inside of a barn or other rustic structure you're shooting, step inside (safety first and always) and shoot from the inside out, preferably with a wide-angle lens, and be sure to meter the shot for the brightest part of the image. Otherwise you'll have white blowout from the light outside the structure. The inside of the bridge may look almost black in the viewfinder, but that's okay because if shot in RAW format, it can be lightened in Lightroom during editing.

If you want to use a flash to light the inside of the structure, like an abandoned house, meter for the light coming through any opening or window, take a test shot, then set your flash to light the structure properly. This is the same process you would use in real estate photography.

3. Look out below ⇑

If you're shooting a bridge or other structure that allows you to safely get underneath, try that view and see if you can get something unusual or creative. You can often find some bonus graffitti in these locations.

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