When was the last time you skipped curfew for just a little you time? Not worrying about work in the morning, not worrying about getting up and getting the yard work done… Okay, for some people that’s impossible. For the rest of you, why don’t you take your camereas out and see what the nighttime brings?
Here’s what you need:
1) A tripod or stabilization device. (You can improv, but it can be hard to find stable objects to rest your camera on in the dark.
2) Your camera must have a timer setting, or you need a remote device to hold your shutter open for long periods of time.
If you don’t have a remote, when you are shooting in bright night environments you can leave your shutter open for 15-30 seconds to capture enough light for the image.
3) A safe place for you to play with your camera and your creativity.
Okay, so you’ve got your kit assembled and a little time to spare, what should you shoot?
The key to nighttime photography is letting the shutter stay open, by using the remote attached to your particular camera, or leaving the shutter open, (using a slow shutter speed), making sure the camera is stable, (on a tripod or another STABLE surface), those nighttime accidents can be expensive, and experimenting. In a city environment or under a full moon, you can use a shutter speed of about 10- 15 seconds and come out with some pretty neat images, but experimentation is the other key.
How about light trails from the cars passing on the highway shot from the overpass?
Why not throw a flashlight on a string and make interesting shapes?
Even have someone model for you by the light of the campfire.
Remember, the tripod will keep the camera still and the image will take a few seconds to gather enough light, so every image won’t be perfect, but it will be fun.
And if you involve the family, it will be a lot of fun and a great memory.
Here are a couple of my favorites.
Have fun, be safe, and take some great pictures.