Whether you want to learn how to take photos of the night sky, find out how to paint with light or just want to know the right camera settings for night photography, these 9 tips will give you a solid foundation and get you ready to start tackling a number of popular low-light and night photography techniques.
Night Photography Tip 6: How to get a ‘starburst’ effect on street lights
Using a narrow aperture (around f/16) will not only ensure a deeper depth of field, so your shots are sharp from foreground to background, but will also make street lights ‘sparkle’ in your scenes to give your pictures an added magical effect.
It is hard to acheive night photogrophy. You have to have enough light coming from somehwere. Especially with our cameras, because we can only close our aperture so far down. I have a link posted below to give some ideas on how to take better photos at night. One thing I have learned is I always pretty much have to use a tripod. The shutter spead has to be down pretty low in order to catch the light. We have learned light painting in class, however these tips might help with a few other night photos you might want to achieve.
Here is another link showing night photogrophy in low lite situations that might interest you.
A silhouette is a photograph where a dark figure or shape is against a light background. More specifically, it is where your subject is seen as a black shape without detail against a brighter background. These kinds of images look interesting and convey drama, mystery, emotion and different moods to those viewing it. This is what makes silhouette pictures unique. With just a black shape, there are many stories and emotions to tell. Some can even take silhouette pictures accidentally. But it would be a different story if you try to take a picture of an image’s silhouette purposely.
It would really be fulfilling for a photographer or for those aiming to become one when he could take great silhouette photos and convey a distinct message through it. So, if you want to take a stunning silhouette photo with much drama, you can take a look at our tips below. When done rightly, silhouette photography can create extremely impressive photos that can even encourage others to take one of their own. So, read on for our simple tips to have more dramatic silhouette photography.
Backlight your subject!!!!!
Image: Ivan Makarov
One of the easiest ways to have a silhouette photo is by taking a picture with the sun at the back. Let your subject stand in front of the sun with its light towards the back of the subject. You can do that during sunrise or sunset where the light is at its best.
2. Do not use flash.
Image: Brad Colbow
You will not be able to get a silhouette shot with your flash on. So, operate your camera manually and turn off the flash. Using a flash could make the subject bright because it will use the popup flash for “fill-in” flash. You should take an image with the least light on the front of the subject.
3. Try indoor silhouette photography.
You can also take a silhouette image when you are indoors. You can do that by using natural light from windows like a stained glass. You can also apply backlighting by having a bright light behind the subject. It doesn’t necessarily come from the sun. It could also be an artificial light.
4. Take silhouette photos during the night.
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If you think that you can only get good silhouette pictures during the day or during golden hours, you are wrong. Even during the night, a good silhouette image can be taken. It can even give a more dramatic output with some excellent colors. You can do that with a bonfire or an artificial light.
5. Fill the frame.
A portable reflector is simply an item that reflects light onto a object, but is compact enough to take anywhere. They are very useful in photography because you can easily manipulate your subject. An example of a use would be when shooting portraits outside. You may often see hard shadows across the face, under the chin, but with the reflector you can reflect light onto these areas and instantly improve an image. You will find they often come in a circle or square shape and there are many sizes for different styles of photography. For example, large objects such as cars need a bigger reflector than a plant. Get as close to the subject/person as you can without being in the shot. Its often a good idea to get a friend or co-worker to help hold the reflector or, you can attach them onto a tripod. Aim for an even glow across the subject without any shadows. And pick the right reflector for the situation, think about the available light.
The blog I read was about the top 10 mistakes photographers do when taking pictures. They are blurry pictures, too much contrast, red eye, off colors, less is more, subject is too far, low resolution, too much noise, underexposed pictures, and over exposed pictures. I feel like all these components are what makes up whether or not your picture will be good or bad to someone who really understands photography and what to look for in a picture.
The technique used to capture the above picture is actually called macro high speed photography, which is freezing motion while zoomed in very tight. From what I have found, the shutter speed used for this was 1/6000 of a second which is more than the D40 DSLR can go but you can still capture these kinds of photos with proper lighting. Usually these are done in a very dark room and a flash is used to quickly brighten up the object you are photographing. Since flash isn’t really an option for us, I have tried using direct light, such as from the sun and the light from my phone, and was able to get a decent exposure and motion somewhat frozen, but nothing to this extent.
For these pictures a timing system was used to trigger the shutter since these events happen very very quickly. Here’s a tutorial for how to set it up although i do not think we are able to do this with our cameras, i still thought it was pretty interesting. This is simply showing how these pictures are captured at the perfect moment. The trigger involves using a microphone to pick up the sound of a balloon popping, glass shattering, etc. which triggers the camera to take the photo. Slow motion video and photography like this has always interested me just from their simplicity. You don’t need fancy Photoshop tricks or have to worry about weather to get a crazy looking photo.
1. Attach a string (with a weight on one end) to the end of your lens.
2. Hold your camera up, an observe where the string touches the ground. You will take all photos with the string touching this exact part of the ground.
3. Take the photos you need. 30-50% overlap in a full circle.
Some important things to remember:
-If you know how to set the exposure, you should keep the same exposure (and white balance) for ALL photos in the panorama.
– If you take pictures containing only sky, or only blank walls, they probably won’t fit together. Try to get “something” in each photo. This is important! – Don’t use a flash, unless you really have to.