Monthly Archives: January 2011

Night Photography Tips & Techniques


Cable Car

"Cable Car" captured by Thomas Hawk


“Familiarize yourself with some of the settings, which vary based on model. Experiment and test before you need these settings so you can learn what your camera can do and how to do it. Most of the settings you’ll find can be overlooked — they’re for something else. Set the camera’s clock while you’re in there and your photos will all be date- and time-stamped.”

Benidorm at night from Gran Hotel Bali

"Benidorm at night from Gran Hotel Bali "captured by Dara Robinson

“Changing the ISO or ASA speed setting from ‘auto’ to a high number makes the camera much more sensitive to light. If you look at the internal information in photos you’ve taken, it probably includes the ‘film speed’ the camera used. 100 and 200 are common. Lower numbers mean there’s so much light you can afford to throw some away to get rich, deep colors and eliminate blur. Manually pushing the speed up to 1600 means you squeeze every bit of the meager light for all its worth. You’ll sacrifice some color range and depth, but your photos won’t be a blur of black shadows. Don’t forget to change it back to ‘auto’ when you’re done or your next photos will be too bright. Some cameras go back to ‘auto’ when you turn the camera off. Test yours. Film users can buy a roll of high-speed film if you know you’ll need it for low-light shots.”

The Colosseum

"The Colosseum" Photo captured by Tommy Hannon

I selected this information from previous discussions we’ve had in class about shooting photos at night. The article talks about changing settings such as ISO, Aperture, and shutter speed. I think the only way you can become really good at night photography is just by experimenting with the settings and see what works.

Bund in the night

"Bund in the night" captured by DSP Reddy

Moonlight over Redoubt

"Moonlight over Redoubt" captured by Dale "Gene" Stockton

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Through New Eyes

What comprises a great landscape?

Is it found in the iconic photographs of Ansel Adams? His images are “often more powerful than the actual thing.”

Thunderstorm, Yosemite Valley by Ansel Adams

Moonrise from Glacier Point by Ansel Adams

Should we look for it in the expansive scenes of painter Thomas Moran and his paintings of the West?

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone by Thomas Moran

Hopi Village by Thomas Moran

Perhaps it is found in the work of present day photographer Frans Lanting. His art promotes “knowledge and understanding about the earth (and) a sense of wonder about our living planet.”

Desert Shadows by Frans Lanting

Penguins on Iceberg by Frans Lanting

Are there new interpretations?  “The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”(Marcel Proust) The Biggs Museum in Dover, DE, has issued a challenge to local artists to do just that.

The Biggs Picture: the 2011 Landscapes Competition and Exhibition is the Museum’s second juried landscape art competition. It will feature the work of professional and emerging artists who work and/or live in the Mid-Atlantic region. Artists will interpret the theme of landscapes and provide examples of their work that fit within one of three subthemes:

Landscapes of the Mind: Interpreting psychological states of being through creations of space
Constructed Landscapes: Interpretations of spaces from the past, memory, make-believe, and/or the future
Perceived Landscape: Interpretations of actual spaces at particular times

The works chosen for this exhibit will include photography as well as video, drawing, sculpture, and craft.

Whether actual, imagined or metaphoric, the Biggs Museum promises that “there is always something new to delight, surprise, enlighten, excite, and inspire.” If you seek inspiration and want to open your eyes to discovering new interpretations for your photographic artworks, consider attending this exhibit. I plan on doing just that.

By Leslie Sinclair

The Biggs Picture: the 2011 Landscapes Competition and Exhibition
Biggs Museum of American Art • 406 Federal Street • Dover, DE 19901
Open March 4 – June 19, 2011
Tuesday – Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday:   1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Quotes and pictures of artworks obtained from the following sources:

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Greg Kendall-Ball

Greg Kendall-Ball is an experienced photographer based in Abilene, Texas who has traveled the world helping non-profits, NGOs and corporations tell their story by capturing compelling images. Greg’s recent assignments have taken him from the top of a 300-foot wind turbine in Snyder, TX to a camp for internally displaced people in Northern Uganda. Working as a freelance photojournalist, he has covered celebrities at black-tie galas, and refugees working for minimum wage.

"Across The Bridge"

"Nothing to see here"

"Something there is that doesn’t love a wall"

"Apartment Fire"

I selected Greg Kendall-Ball because he’s just a random guy from Texas. He’s not super famous or anything but he takes really good pictures. He’s traveled around the world doing what he loves and it’s kinda just really awesome that he does that. I think others will think he’s interesting and I enjoyed creeping on his blog and learning about him, so maybe you guys will too. He really does have some sweet pictures. Take a look at his archives.

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A quick look at some intersting work out there.

Nicholas Hughes, absract landscapes, natures, and scenes

diana scherer
an interesting take on flowers

multiple series of works on rural landscapes

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single light portraits

This is a great article on single light portraits.

It explains on how the size of light and direction effects the portrait.


Then, learn some details on environment portraits (on location), doing portraits on location, and things to consider with framing, lighting, and composition.




photo above by kam photography

shot on location in a science lab with the room lit with flourescents, which was not too flattering. Overhead lights off, and just a desk lamp pointed toward the scientist.


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Portrait in a Parking Lot

Click Here for Portrait in a Parking Lot

I think this post may be helpful in capturing a simple portrait. The photographer, Bryan Peterson, gives tips on lighting and background as Keith showed us on Tuesday.

Also, check out Bryan’s video on what I call “Oil and Water Don’t Mix”. Pretty neat.

Source: The Picture Perfect School of Photography

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lighting Techniques

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photography lighting“Fire on the Bridge” captured by Jim Worrall (Click Image to See More From Jim Worrall) 

Photography is about light, and in fact, it can be defined as recording the light. Lighting is also one of the hardest things to get right in a photograph. To shoot images that stands out of the crowd, an understanding the light source is critical.

Photography lighting plays the major role to capture colors as well as to reveal form and texture in an image. Examining “day light” is a great way to understand certain characteristics of light: the hardness or the softness of the source, direction of light and visible colors.

Hardness or softness of the light:Hard light (direct light) produces vivid colors that stand out and creates harsh shadows. Soft light (diffused light) produces more pastel tones and softens details.

Direction of light: Moving the light source around a subject or object either add or take away detail.

Color: Photographs tend to lead most viewers towards certain feelings; For example softer colors often create calmer mood. The strength and the angle of the light source determine if you will have vivid or softer colors.

Below you will find five tips that will explore the light source and its characteristics.

Color temperature is the actual colors that human eye can see. Color temperature is a characteristic of visible light. It is measured in degrees Kelvin (K). Yellow to red are called warm colors and have lower temperatures ie: (2,700-3,000 K).Cool colors like blue and white have higher temperatures.

The sun is the source of all daylight. Outdoor lighting offers all kind of light, coming from various directions. Shooting during noon or later in the day will allow you to capture different tones, colors, and light effects.

  • As a freelance photographer don’t miss early morning hours. It is the best time of the day when you can capture great tones.
  • The sun brings out blue hues in the morning hours and creates a crisp effect.
  • Closer to noon or later in the day you will find softer colors and diffused light (Soft Light). When light is distributed evenly you will have more natural colors. Neutral colors can take away some of the definition or harsh details.
techniques for using light“drawing you” captured by Lena Bulgakova (Click Image to See More From Lena Bulgakova) 
  • Noon on the other hand, creates harsh light (Hard Light) and produces images with shadows.
  • Afternoon offers warmer tones with reds and yellows.
  • Near sunrise or sunset, you will often get flattering light.
  • Sunset brings out oranges or pink tones when photographers capture great colors.

The brightest time of the day produces a “hard light” source. For example images taken around noon have strong colors that stand out. This type of light is used for contrast as it creates more definition and more shadow.

An overcast day reflects less light and produces diffused “soft light”. It will spread the light evenly and does not cast strong shadows.

When you shoot same subject from different angles you either add or remove shadows on both the subject and the object. This is also true if you move your light source around your subject. Of course it is easier to move the light source in a studio environment, but keep in mind that if you shoot different times of the day you will get the same effect.

light direction in photography“museum” captured by abeer (click image to see more from abeer) 

Flash can be a great addition in any kind of light when you need to fill in shadows.

Using flash in outdoors is an effective way of recording actual colors and more of the detail in a scene. For example if you have a moving subject in front of a colorful sunset you can set you flash mode to “Slow Sync” and get all the details.

Photography is an art that needs technique and practice. Lighting is a major part of photography and when you use the “natural light” to your advantage you will definitely add to your photography.

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