If you want to make some images pop with vibrancy and colour try low light photography.
Taking pictures at night can be extremely rewarding and fun, it’s also inexpensive as there is no need for expensive graduated filters and polorizers etc. What you will need though is a tripod and a cable release, but not essential , just handy as a 2 second timer can be used. I have to say there is one exception to this with the image of the bus where I used a flash synced to the second curtain, more on this In a later blog.
Most of these images have been shot with an exposure time up to 30 seconds, any longer and its in to bulb mode where you are in control of closing the shutter, I prefer letting the camera do this for me. I also keep ISO to its native setting, which for a Canon is 160 iso not 100 (more on this if you Google it)
When I shoot at night I will use an f-srop of around f8 to f16 to get a good depth of field. Experiment with exposure time till you have a good exposure, look at the histogram, check the black side of the graph which is to the left and make sure it’s not too far over. If it is double the exposure time or double the iso rather than open up the aperture.
Another trick to get those sparkly star street lights is to put your aperture to f22 which gives you that star effect. There is a trade off here though where you can lose sharpness across the image. Do not fear though take 2 shots at different aperture setting, one for the sharpness and one for the street lights at f22 , then blend the images together in Photoshop.
There are loads of things you can shoot in low light, and this sort of photography can impress your friends, be fun and extremely satisfying. If anyone would like any tips on photography please let me know.
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