Taking A Good Look At What Night Photography Really Is All About
There is a plethora of things that you have to be aware of when it comes to night photography, and one of which is the fact that this is in reference to an activity that has something to do with capturing outdoor images at night, preferably amid dusk and dawn. More often than not, when it comes to this kind of activity, nigh photographer have the option of choosing long exposure or artificial lighting in capturing these images, wherein they will be exposed for several seconds, minutes or even hours so that image sensor or photosensitive films are given enough time to capture the best images possible. In this present day and time that we live in, due to the progress of the ever-greater urban lights, wide-aperture lenses, higher-sensitivity digital sensors, and high-speed films as well, night photography is increasingly becoming possible under available lights.
City skylines, roads that have or do not have cars, heavenly bodies like planets, stars, and moon, caves that are lighted, industrial areas and factories, particularly those that are emitting aerosol, steam, and smoke, rock concerns or nightlife, and also, fireworks, are some of the most common subjects of night photography. Other common subjects are the following: Bioluminescence; aircraft that are lighted; amusement park rides; lava; Aurora Borealis (also called southern or northern lights); lighting through thunderstorms, bodies of water that can reflect city lights or moonlight like canals, rivers, and lakes; and also, abandoned buildings and other structures that are artificial which are moonlit.
Here are some of the pieces of equipment and techniques that you should secure if you want to try doing night photography.
A tripod is among the things that you have to bring with you when you do night photography, especially since this activity often takes long exposure times. If you do not have a tripod, there are alternatives that you can make use of like a low wall, a chair, a window sill, a table, or any objects that is steady and flat. A self-timer or a shutter release cable is essential for you to bring since this tool will help in keeping your camera steady when the shutter is being released. Then we have the manual focus, which is essential for you to bring due to the fact that autofocus systems operate poorly in low light conditions. Other than the tools that we mentioned above, there are more that you should know of like a remote timer or a stopwatch, which you can use to time long exposures, especially when the bulb setting of the camera is used. You have to bring with you a camera lens that possess apertures that are wide, (possibly those with aspherical elements) as they are very effective in minimizing a coma.