The days may be getting longer, but (hopefully) they will also be getting warmer. Spring and summer are perfect times of the year to explore the world of night photography, but as you can imagine, there are many challenges when working with long exposures. Below we’ve identified 12 of the most common problems you’ll encounter when shooting night photography and offered our tips for overcoming them.
Do you have your own night photography tips, or perhaps problems you’ve encountered in your own night photography endeavours that we haven’t covered here? Why not share them in the comments!
Night Photography Tips: Painting with light
Painting with light is one of the easiest ways to transform your night photography scenes from ordinary to extraordinary. Although you rely on natural light for most daylight photography, introducing artificial light into your night photography allows you to get really creative. However, when you’re attempting to paint with light, watch out for the following problems:
Ensure accurate exposure by setting the right ISO. If an under- exposed shot is pushed when editing in Camera Raw, noise could ruin it. It’s fine to use ISOs up to 1600, or to make exposures a few minutes long. This will help to balance the natural and painted light.
2. Obvious painting
The more even the light, the more realistic the results. An overexposure such as this one doesn’t quite give you the dreamy, atmospheric effect you want from your night photography. Don’t expect to get it right first time – it could take many goes to get it right, so check every exposure and assess your technique. Expect to become frustrated and tense, but remain adaptable and focused.
3. Visible torches
Try to avoid standing behind the camera and painting from waist height, as it will be very obvious where the light source is coming from and the ground at the base of the image will seem overly bright. If possible, hide behind a rock or tree. Lift the torch up and paint quickly.
PAGE 1: Common errors when painting with light
PAGE 2: Common errors with moonlit landscapes
PAGE 3: Common errors shooting star trails
PAGE 4: Common errors shooting the Northern Lights
PAGE 5: Common errors with astrophotography
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