How to take pictures at night: pro tips for spotting creative scenes after dark

    | Night | Photography Tips | 21/06/2013 00:01am
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    In our latest Professional Photographer to the Rescue post our pro shows our apprentice how to take pictures at night by spotting scenes with creative potential and setting up your camera to capture them.

    How to take pictures at night: pro tips for spotting creative scenes after dark

    Meet our professional photographer

    Simon Stanmore is an experienced, London-based commercial photographer who specialises in architectural images and is an expert at capturing the unique atmosphere of the City at night. Simon is a regular of the Getty stock library.

    Meet our apprentice

    Caroline Grayson, from Surrey, has been an amateur photographer for a number of years. She wants to take memorable shots of London after dark, but isn’t sure where to start

    Technique Assessment

    To get a clearer idea of Caroline’s particular strengths and weaknesses, Simon asked her 
to start shooting near two famous City landmarks – the Lloyds building and the ‘Gherkin’

    How to take pictures at night: shoot in raw format

    Shoot in the RAW format
    Caroline was shooting in JPEG format so she could fit all her photos on her 4Gb card. She also wasn’t sure about the benefits of shooting in RAW, so Simon explained why it’s great for night shots. “A RAW image is your ‘digital negative’,” he said. “You have more control over RAW images in Photoshop and can accurately improve exposure, contrast, colours and white balance for top-quality results.”

     

    How to take pictures at night: use manual mode

    Choose Manual mode
    “Caroline is still mastering her DSLR and sticks to Av (Aperture Priority) mode,” noted Simon. 
“I always shoot in Manual at night. With practice, Manual mode makes it easier to shoot well exposed images because you can freely control the aperture and shutter speed – unlike Av and Tv (Shutter Priority) modes. I can check exposure as required via the Exposure Level Indicator on the top screen.”

    PAGE 1: Meet our professional photographer and apprentice
    PAGE 2: Tips on how to take pictures at night
    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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    Posted on Friday, June 21st, 2013 at 12:01 am under Night, Photography Tips.

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