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.
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