I’ve been asked to write a guest post for Paula on the subject night photography.
For me (not only for me, but for most people I guess) the term is self-explanatory, but here’s a definition anyway: “Night photography refers to photographs taken outdoors between dusk and dawn.”
In other words: if you can see the sun, if there’s a sunset/sunrise in the photo, it’s not night photography (I’ll shorten it to NP). On Google Plus I’ve joined a couple of NP communities and there’s a lot of people that doesn’t seem to understand this and they’re posting numerous photos of sunsets. Photos of sunsets can be visually stunning, but it’s not NP.
When shooting at nights, using a tripod is a good idea. That way you can get long exposures without camera shake. To avoid camera shake you should also use a remote control, or if you don’t have one, you can simply set your camera to self-release (self timer) a few seconds after you’ve pressed the shutter. Just remember to turn the self-release off after your session though, because if you don’t, you’ll probably be wondering what’s wrong with your camera the next time you’re gonna take a photo and the camera isn’t responding immediately… (Yes, it has happened to me too).
You have a whole range of options when it comes to NP. For example, if you’re using a tripod, or you have a steady place to put your camera, you can shoot a long exposure by using the timer/remote while you paint with light. You’ll probably have topo try a few times to get the desired result, but it’s a fun type of photographing.
You don’t necessarily need a tripod. You can always shoot handheld on a high ISO setting too. Your photos will have more noise, but the results can still be good.
The moon, nightlife, streets, buildings, water with reflecting lights, ferris wheels, there’s an endless list of subjects to choose from.
Good luck with your night photographing!
In this long exposure you can even see the tripod.