Moonlight photography tips for making magical midnight landscapes

Professional Photographer to the Rescue: moonlight photography tips making magical midnight landscapes

Our professional photographer’s recommended gear

Canon EOS 1DX review

Pro Canon EOS DSLR
“My preferred camera when shooting moonlit landscapes is the Canon EOS-1D X,” David says. “You get masses of shadow detail, and a huge dynamic range at high ISO settings, where with other cameras it would be reduced significantly. This is the camera I’ve been waiting a long time for!”

 

Our professional photographer's recommended gear: torches

Torches
“Although the ambient moonlight generally lights up much of a scene that I’m shooting, I also pack a head torch, and a brighter hand-held torch, so that I can ‘paint’ light over interesting features in the frame,” David says.

“For the majority of my shoots I use white torchlight; however there have been occasions when I’ve experimented, and used coloured torchlight to create more abstract results. I use the SpotON 101 lamp unit (www.spotonlights.com) if I need a bright beam light; it’s well made for tough outdoor conditions, and I also find that the battery lasts for a considerable amount of time.”

 

Our professional photographer's recommended gear: professional wideangle lenses

Professional wide-angle lenses
“I always pack wide-angle lenses for night shoots,” says David. “The Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 is a great option. I also usually pack the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 II USM, and Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II.

“Why pack both? Well, the tilt-shift lens is amazingly sharp all over, but the EF 24mm f/1.4 is ideal for faster shutter speeds, which can make massive difference in the dark. All wide lenses will also capture a good depth of field even when shooting at f/5 or f/8 as you will do for night-time landscape shots.”

 

Our professional photographer's recommended gear: remote release

Remote shutter release
“To make sure I wasn’t knocking the camera during the exposure, David advised me to use my remote shutter release,” says Mark. “This also came in handy when I was firing off shots in the Bulb mode.”

Mark’s Canon EOS 7D uses a three-pin connector common on high-end cameras, but some DSLRs use a jack plug connection; this is accessed by lifting the rubber flap on the side of your 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

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