When it comes down to photos, sometimes the nighttime is the right time
As the sun sets, particularly in the winter time, we tend to run home and board ourselves up until the sun rises again, although when it comes down to photos, sometimes the nighttime is the right time. The benefits to shooting at night is that you get to view the sights of the city in a uniquely different perspective. We are normalized to seeing subjects in the light of day. At night a variety of artificial illumination sources come into play. street lights, automobile headlights, neon signs and other things light up the night.
All lighting has a color temperature. Light bulbs are usually quantified in degrees Kelvin, with each bulb type being unique. They all have have their distinctive color character due to their operating temperature Incandescents lean toward a warm, yellowish orange hue; fluorescents give a green color; LEDs contain a bluish tint. Not until the color swing becomes very prominent, our minds are apt to offset for the color swings, and thus we aren't usually aware of them. a camera, being dim-witted machine, tends to document the colors like they really are.
Although these colors can be remedied to a daylight sense of balance by employing software like as Photoshop, these color traits of diverse
illumination may be used for your benefit. An already stately City structural turns into a golden palace benefiting from the warm golden luminosity of incandescent flood lighting. Sodium vapor lights put out a robust orange hue, and anything lit by this sort of bulb carries the same halloweenish tinge. When employed in combination with the "blue hour" (being an hour or more after dusk), an ordinary tree can turn into a spooky being laudable of any teenage thriller flick.
When the sun sets, the majority people don't pictures another thought. They put down their cameras while waiting for tomorrow to shoot more pictures. But nighttime can provide views of a city a majority of people don't notice. Scenes we come across daily take on a whole new
nighttime aura. Buildings in our daytime path we hardly see turn into majestic palaces or an tale on an mysterious air. Reflected lights from shimmering waters turn into an impressionistic Van Goghish quality. The sign neon sign over a car lot becomes an artistic beacon as the sun drops below the horizon.
Foul weather can augment an urban night scene even more with rain slickened streets and sidewalks can cast reflections on street lights and can allow the night to take on a vivid glow. A heavy fog can transform a plain barren parking lot to a sinister misty film environment worthy of Alfred Hitchcock or Steven Speilberg.
A few urban night scene shooting tips: ALWAYS EMPLOY A TRIPOD. A photographer experienced at hand holding a camera at slow shutter speeds employing a
stabilized lens might be able pull it off without using one, but yet with an experienced hand, the odds of getting keeper shots sans camera-shake is slim. Cameras tend to be bulky, heavy machines, so employing a tripod becomes a proven method to improve the value of your night images. With your camera mounted on a tripod, you may employ a lower ISO setting and create less noisy photos. Ok, you'll need to use bigger aperture openings and a slower shutter speed, but the correct tripod usage will guarantee your photos will be sharp, crisp and free of blur.
In the winter, you need dress warmly, as it can turn awfully cold in nighttime. (Summertime, no problem.) Security is always a fear. Large cities at night aren't as huge a problem as one might think, but in any city you should be sensitive to your environment. Go shooting with a companion or a several friends (there's strength in numbers) plus keep in well-illuminated areas with decent foot traffic. Always take a cellular phone, and depart at the first sign of discord.
Digital cameras are a blessing for shooting photos at night. In prior to digital, you had to estimate your camera settings and then bracket your images (shooting the identical subject with
varying exposures). Then there was wait time until you film was developed to see if they came out alright. In today's world, all that's necessary is "chimp" it (preview the image on the camera's screen). Is the subject is too dim? Add more exposure time. Too faint? Give it less exposure time. And using digital, there's no wasted film;, simply delete the non-keepers from your memory card.
Feb 10, 2011