For a commercial assignment I recently worked on, the client asked for a specific shot of the gate at the entrance to their estate. I had already submitted several shots of the gate, but it was open in all of them. The client asked for a shot with the gate closed, so it would show Read more... you know you want to.
Shining lights into the lens to create shapes or spell out words is a great way to create dramatic images. And it’s fun! However, you need to pick your shooting locations carefully and design your light paintings based on them. For example, if you’re shooting on level ground, it will be difficult to do light paintings Read more... you know you want to.
If the siding on your house were vertical, would you paint it using horizontal strokes? No, of course not. You would follow the flow of whatever you were painting, or else you’d end up with a blotchy mess. It works the same with light painting when using a flashlight. Think of your flashlight as a Read more... you know you want to.
You’re probably not going to do a lot of night photography when it’s raining, but if you’re out in nature on dewy night, you’ll feel like you have been. Slip on a pair of lightweight rain pants before you start wading through the vegetation and kneeling on the ground.
Yesterday’s tip suggested shooting street scenes in summer because more people are outside. You wouldn’t want to shoot an outdoor café scene that didn’t have diners, would you? Think about how this applies to other subjects as well. If cafés need diners… Hiking trails need hikers Jogging paths need joggers Bars need drinkers Swings need swingers Fishing piers need fishers Campsites need Read more... you know you want to.
Yesterday’s tip suggested that you shoot cityscapes in winter because more lights are on during evening twilight. For general city landscapes, that is good advice. However, intimate street scenes are sometimes better shot during warm weather, when more people are out on the streets. This is the only time you’ll be able to shoot outdoor Read more... you know you want to.
Cityscapes that don’t have illuminated buildings can look good, especially silhouetted structures with graphic lines, but typically you want to have a lot of lights on in a city landscape. Since you’re likely to shoot most cityscapes during twilight for the “blue hour” light, the best time for the lights is during winter evenings. It Read more... you know you want to.
A great way for night photographers to stay informed about what’s going on in the night sky is by subscribing to my free Night Photography News eNewsletter. Subscribers receive a monthly calendar listing night-sky events that are suitable for photography. Another great resource is This Week’s Sky At A Glance from Sky & Telescope. You Read more... you know you want to.
I spend many nights away from home and car while out photographing. As long as I’m on the move, all is well. However, even during summer, it can get chilly while I’m waiting for an hours-long star-trail sequences to complete and I can’t always pack enough warm clothing. One thing I can always pack, though, Read more... you know you want to.
I love photographing camp scenes at night, but rarely do I stumble upon a good one for photography. Most of my camp scenes are setups. For the campfires, I use fire logs, like the ones you get at the grocery store. Pile a few sticks on them and they look perfectly real. To light them, Read more... you know you want to.