Moonlight photography tips for making magical midnight landscapes
Our professional photographer’s recommended gear
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!”
“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.”
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.”
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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on Friday, May 3rd, 2013 at 12:01 am under Night, Photography Tips.
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