Category Archives: Night Photography

Sunset on the way back to Beirut

Driving back to Beirut from the Saint Charbel Monastery the sun was setting and so we decided to pull over and enjoy the view. The colours are so radiant and ever changing, for a photographer there an infinite number of possibilities when setting up to take a shot under these conditions. Don’t overthink it, keep it simple and take the shot that you love.

 

A night out at Mosaique Festival 2015

Canon’s truly crazy camera with 4,560,000 ISO just released.

What does that even mean?!

Canon says the ME20F-SH features an EF lens mount and the ability to capture “high-quality” video even in situations in which the human eye can’t see anything. Its minimum subject illumination is 0.0005 lux, or the equivalent of ISO 4,000,000+.

Furthermore the sensor in the camera allows it to shoot Full HD video while subjects are illuminated with less than 0.0005 lux. To put that in perspective, full moon on a clear night is about 0.27 to 1.0 lux, and 0.0001 lux is a moonless, overcast night. The camera can capture high-quality images of things the human eye cannot see.

Canon ME20F-SH Multi-purpose Camera

Canon ME20F-SH Multi-purpose Camera

Canon ME20F-SH Multi-purpose Camera

Canon ME20F-SH Multi-purpose Camera

Canon ME20F-SH Multi-purpose Camera

Canon ME20F-SH Multi-purpose Camera

 

Here are some images taken on it:

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Top 10 common mistakes photographers make at night and how to overcome them

Photography is a skill, and Night photography requires finesse! When it’s done well, it brings out the best. Here are top 10 common mistakes photographers make at night and how to overcome them:

Negligence of White balance:

Proper white balance is indispensible for fine photographs. For consistent results, best set the white balance to manual. Cloudy or Tungsten settings provide the best way to warm up (more orange) or cool down (more blue) your scenes respectively.

Handheld photography:

Even with higher ISO settings, shutter speeds would be significantly slow at night. Therefore, a tripod is crucial for sharp images. Resting the camera on a flat surface is a good alternative.

Lack of Planning:

It’s always essential to plan before venturing out in the night! Plan well to choose great locations, great lights, great architecture and safest position.

Narrow lens aperture:

In low light, the sensor requires more light on it. Therefore, a wider lens aperture is critical. Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II offers great features for night photography!

Wrong ISO setting:

High ISO amplifies light signals after they are received by the pixels. However, amplified background signals create noise. Canon compact digital cameras with the HS System lower noise levels by 60%. Also, customize the ISO setting based on your shot.

Avoiding Flashlight:

Most photographers abstain from flashlight at night. But use it to lighten up an important part of the foreground that’s dark or to draw attention to something.

Avoiding Humans:

Almost everyone avoids capturing people in scenic shots. However, including them at night can make some scenes alive. Shooting at a fast speed can keep a figure recognizable. Creatively blurring them by varying the shutter speed often looks beautiful.

Use of UV Filters:

UV filters create internal reflections. Instead, use a lens hood to protect the lens and block out other light.

Touching the Camera:

While taking long exposures at night even pressing the shutter button can blur the images. Therefore, use the self-timer. Avoid holding on to the tripod. Using Mirror-lock avoids slightest movement.

Improper compositional considerations

The scenes must be carefully studied to make the best compositional considerations before clicking. Zooming in on the most photogenic areas helps in moving closer to the subject!

Why switching to manual mode is the key to capturing amazing images at night

Night photography is always a tricky puzzle. One question that commonly arises is about going auto mode or manual mode for night photos. Though amateurs like to go with auto mode, manual mode is in fact, the best.  There are several reasons why you should opt for manual mode. Its agreeable manual mode requires too much work, but it’s equally rewarding as well. Auto mode photographs are easier, but look amateurish. For instance compare it with a bot driven car. The humanly feelings in settings can’t be outdone. Manual settings grant the liberty to manipulate, enhance and master applications.

A better understand of various aspects of your camera would help you understand how to make amazing photographs. Manual mode gives you the space for optimal creativity. Night photography is a peculiar art. The backgrounds are often mere distractions in night photos. Backgrounds not enhanced are always annoyances. You might want to blur the background and isolate a particular subject. Your auto mode is never going to serve that purpose. Another major reason to prefer manual mode is the need for multiple exposure. Auto mode doesn’t provide that.

You might feel the light sources at night are overly exposed whereas things that lay at bottom are not. A remedy is not going to come via single exposure technique. Consistency is another issue with auto mode. If amazing photos are taken repeatedly through auto mode, chances are you never went out of similar conditions. Light colours in night photos can do badly at night metering. Colours like white are thrown out of focus very quickly. When camera senses low light settings, it tends to bump up iso and turn flash on. Auto mode can’t recognize your tripod is set up and no flash is required.

Auto mode doesn’t do help with choosing your preferred focal point. Most possibly, it is going to focus the wrong spot. Depth of the picture can get hap hazardous as a result. Most conditions fool auto mode’s light and depth meter. Finally, learning photography is not going to happen in auto mode. Amateurs learn a lot with their trial and error methods.

 

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