In our latest Professional Photographer to the Rescue post our professional photographer offers our apprentice his best moonlight photography tips for using long exposures and light-painting techniques to create amazing midnight landscape images.
Meet our professional photographer
David Clapp lives near Dartmoor in Devon, and he travels the globe shooting all kinds of landscapes, both by day and by night. He uses both natural and artificial lighting for his night shoots, and is an expert in light-painting techniques. To view David’s images and for details on his photography workshops visit www.davidclapp.co.uk.
Meet our apprentice
Mark Lake, a teaching assistant from Paignton in Devon, is a keen landscape photographer, and wants to take advantage of the long winter nights to try light-painting and other night photography techniques.
Mark was only getting the night shots he was after once in a blue moon, so David helped him out with some advice on camera settings and techniques…
“To control the exposure its best to shoot in Manual mode,” David advises. “Start with the aperture at around f/8, and open it wider if you need to let in more light. The experimental approach to this type of photography means you’ll need to fire off a few frames to see what shutter speed and aperture work best.”
“If you need a longer shutter speed then 30 secs you’ll need to use the Bulb setting.” David explains. “To control the Bulb mode you have to manually open and close the shutter. Press the shutter release to start the exposure, and let go to stop it – use a remote shutter release to avoid moving the camera.”
PAGE 1: Meet our professional photographer and apprentice
PAGE 2: Moonlight photography tips for during the shoot
PAGE 3: Final tips from our professional photographer
PAGE 4: Our professional photographer’s recommended gear
PAGE 5: Shot of the Day