This topic stood out to me for personal reasons. I am a night rider and a day sleeper. After reading more into the topic I realized there weren’t a lot of differences between capturing a photo at night and at day. Though at night time the long exposures can be grasped. I began to look at pictures of day and the same photo taken at night. A difference of the mood and story the picture gives off is recognizable. This is all achieved just by lighting.
Some tips on capturing a photo at night:
- Tripod. While not always necessary (see further on for how to cheat on this), a tripod will give you the greatest flexibility to get the angles you need while keeping your camera steady for those long exposures.
- Wide-angle lenses. This is a personal preference, but I love the way they work in night photography. I use Canon’s 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 ($700), but if you can afford it I’d get the Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II ($1300). If both of these are out of your price range – don’t worry! Try it out with whatever you’ve got as the only thing that will limit you is your imagination.
- A lens hood. To minimize lens flares from light entering at angles outside of your frame.
- A flashlight. Sometimes you’ll want to draw attention to or simply lighten up an important part of the foreground which is too dark.
- Our imagination. Tools lie all around us in everyday objects to help us make our work better in this; I’ve used bicycle lamps, lampposts and newspaper boxes to get it done. http://digital-photography-school.com/night-photography/
By: Abigail Ward