It's Week #32: Night Photography

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As is frequently pointed, “photography” literally means “drawing with light.” That right there should be a clue as to why Night Photography can be considered a challenge. There’s less light, and therefore drawing with it can prove more difficult.

Shooting in low light really forces you to consider the light in your environment, which is a great exercise for taking photos any time you are shooting!  At night, you’re starting with a black canvas and you get to decide where the light goes, allowing yourself to see the world in a whole new light!

 Tips and Tuts for this week:

  • If you are looking to get started shooting at night, simply put your camera in Tv or S mode, set the shutter to something slow like 5 or 10 seconds, place the camera on a flat surface or tripod, and have fun!
  • Use a tripod! This will allow you to keep your shutter open for longer, thereby allowing more light into your photo, but without the blur that inevitably comes from a shaky hand. Keep in mind that if your subject is moving, it will be blurrier as your shutter speed slows! (hint: you don’t even need a tripod, any flat surface will do!)
  • If your photos are still coming out to dark, try to boost up your camera’s ISO. This will make the camera’s sensor even more sensitive to light, but beware this will also increase your “sensor noise” which will give you a flat, grainy image.
  • Try your hand at light painting! Check out this tutorial to learn how to do this cool technique. Remember to use a slow shutter speed to achieve this
  • Busy city light pollution ruining your shot? Embrace it! Check out this article on how to shoot a cityscape at night. Make those lights work for you!

Looking for more inspiration? Check out our previous albums, Night (2013), and Night Photography (2015). And of course, The Googles! Oh you sweet Googles.




Extra Credit: Astrophotography!

For some extra credit joojoo, try your hand at astrophotography! Astrophotography is taking photos of the night skies, stars, and celestial spheres. Definitely invest in a tripod, as you’ll be taking long exposure shots! Check out this great tutorial to get you started. And make sure to set up your shot in a dark area, away from any urban light pollution!

Check out the Googles for some more inspiration. 

Remember, it is not necessary to keep this Extra Credit challenge in mind while shooting. It’s extra credit!

*Please note!! You can only submit ONE photo per week, for the week’s challenge. This photo can include the “Extra Credit” part of the challenge, or the “regular” challenge, but you can never submit more than one photo!

Past Challenges - 2015