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Night Photography Tips

Lesson 14 from: Travel Photography: The Complete Guide

Ben Willmore

Night Photography Tips

Lesson 14 from: Travel Photography: The Complete Guide

Ben Willmore

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14. Night Photography Tips


Class Trailer



Course Introduction


Camera Gear for Travel


What Camera Gear Should You Buy?


Gear Bags for Travel Photography


Location Research and Pre-Trip Planning


Importing and Naming Conventions in Lightroom


Processing Images with Presets in Lightroom


Lesson Info

Night Photography Tips

Time of day. The main thing I want to mention is the transition into night. When the sun goes down ... When the sun goes down, you're going to have about a half four. Sunset just happened. You have about 30 minutes to continue shooting if you get your ISO setting up a little bit before whatever is in the foreground is gonna need some light added if you want to be able to see it and during that time you can try to capture some interesting stuff. Here, look at these elephants right after the sun went down. You can still kinda see them. Then you're going to have 30 minutes approximately after that where you're going to need extra light to add to the scene in order to see what's in the foreground. You're not going to have enough light still lighting that. In this case, there's a sign up there. The neon itself and there's some other glowing lights behind me like a street light. But since you need extra light to see what's in front of you, this is when I'm searching for shapes, silhouettes. ...

During that time, that second 30 minutes, the sky will still be blue. And so that nice blue sky with silhouettes are what I'm searching out and those things I might have been thinking about during the day. To say, "What's going to be a good silhouette "when night falls?" But sometimes, I'll have to add light to the scene. But you see the blue sky. Now about an hour after the sun goes down, the sky is going to turn black. And in this case, this looks still a little bit blue, but it's just gonna go black sky. That's when it can be a good time to capture stars in the sky. If you want something with the stars in the sky because it's going to be dark enough that the stars can show up. If you want to get the stars, do ISO 3200, f/2.8 if your lens gets to that. and 30 seconds as a starting point. What was that again? 3200, f/2.8, 30 seconds. If your lens doesn't go to 2.8, then you'll have to start at whatever the lowest it goes to and you might need to extend the time. The problem is if you go more than 30 seconds, you're going to start getting the stars no longer being little points. They're going to start being little lines and that's another reason why ... What do I have? 2.8 glass. It's not for everybody. It's bigger. It's heavier. It might just be you decide, "No, I'm not going to take pictures with stars in them. "I want a light camera instead." So you gotta look out also for that. Don't plan on going and taking a cityscape at night and just going out whenever after dinner. Think about 30 minutes after the sun goes down, we're going to have a blue sky for a half hour and we can get nice city lights, but if I wait until after the 30 minutes are done, the sky will turn black and it's like more boring, you could say. So that's part of what I wanted to mention when it comes to time of day.

Class Materials

Bonus Materials with Purchase

Lightroom Presets Quickstart Guide
Lightroom Preset Sampler
Pre-Trip Planning
Actions Sampler Guide
Travel Photography Handbook
Actions Sampler
Lightroom Keywords
Big Set of Lightroom Presets
Practice Images
Travel Photogtaphy Mobile Guide
Gear List
Lightroom Tips and Keyboard Shortcuts

Ratings and Reviews


This was simply an amazing experience! Without a doubt the best investment of time and money I have experienced in quite awhile. Ben's complete command of the subject, the practical tips, suggestions and reference information was outstanding. I have enjoyed point and shoot photography for some time and recently decided to invest in some decent DSLR equipment (Canon EOS D70). I have a trip to Cape Town and Johannesburg South Africa rapidly approaching and thought it might be a good idea to take some classes and make an effort to get up the learning curve ASAP to take advantage of this travel opportunity. "Discovering" Creativelive and Ben Willmore's class was literally an answer to prayer! There is nothing like sitting at the foot of wisdom, taking notes, and having numerous "ah-ha" moments! This was great....looking forward to more classes. Thanks for the high quality effort!

a Creativelive Student

Genius! Ben is a brilliant master teacher - focused, clear and holds back no information. The best! This course has condensed the equivalent of 10 courses into one. He is a perfectionist in his approach and knows how to present the material. He is the leader in photoshop and photography "par excellence". Highly recommend any of his courses. Save your time and start with the best - everyone loves Ben!!!!

Nichole Sams

I feel the title of this class, Travel Photography, is much to limiting for what you are really going to get. As a wedding photographer, who dreams of traveling, I attending the class live in Seattle, and was hoping to get some inspiration for on location shoots. What I got, however, was a WHOLE LOT MORE. I would recommend this class to anyone with a camera and Lightroom. What I learned about how lightroom works and how to integrate it with photoshop is invaluable. I actually think they should charge WAY more for this course. The bonuses with purchase from the keywords (we are talking every key word you could possibly imagine) and the presets (holycow everything you would ever need) are worth exponentially more than the course price itself. Ben is a gentle easy going teacher and nice to listen to. His ease of teaching pretty complex ideas was truly wonderful. If you are reading this you must buy this course, it is well worth it!

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