Photography Lighting: how to take control of everything from natural light to flash

    | Photography Tips | 15/04/2013 00:01am

    Shooting in twilight vs complete darkness

    Shooting in twilight vs complete darkness

    The soft, cool light that occurs for a short time before sunrise or after sunset can produce stunning conditions for photography.

    You should try to shoot when there is still some colour and detail left in the sky, so you won’t have a long time to get your shots.

    Most of the light at these times will be reflected from the whole of the sky, so the light is usually very soft, and has a blue colour.

    The light levels at twilight will be very low, so it’s perfect for exploring long-exposure techniques, such as blurring moving clouds or water. Make sure your camera is on a tripod, and that you use a remote release.

    From street lights and traffic to moonlight, there are plenty of light sources that you can use for amazing images even after dark.

    The mixture of bright lights and dark shadows of your local town or city after dark are perfect for shooting nightscapes.

    Keep the noise down
    To minimise noise when shooting long exposures, switch your camera’s Long Exposure Noise Reduction function on. This usually only works for shutter speeds longer 
than around five seconds though.

    PAGE 1: Understanding the character of light
    PAGE 2: How to control your photography lighting
    PAGE 3: Taking control of the light
    PAGE 4: Use a reflector to fill in the shadows
    PAGE 5: Using fill-in flash
    PAGE 6: Making the most of natural light
    PAGE 7: Predicting the natural light
    PAGE 8: Shoot in the direction of light
    PAGE 9 Exposing in low light
    PAGE 10: Shooting in twilight vs complete darkness
    PAGE 11: How to shoot handheld in low light
    PAGE 12: Why you might want to use flash
    PAGE 13: Soften the light from your flash
    PAGE 14: How to use flash triggers


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    Posted on Monday, April 15th, 2013 at 12:01 am under Photography Tips.

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