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Capturing the magical time of twilight

Capturing the magical time of twilight - Photographer Delly Carr and Sony Europe have some tips to make your twilight photographs shine.

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Twilight photography Delly Carr
Photo by Delly Carr.
If you like early mornings or are out during the early evening why not stop and capture all that twilight has to offer. Twilight photography can be demanding at times, but can offer such beautiful elements to a final composition adding colour, shadows, mystique, beauty, romance and stillness to an image.

Photography is there to challenge you, so you use what elements you have in your bag of tricks (camera, lenses, f-stops, shutter speeds, ISO, tripods), you see what the twilight light is offering and then you manipulate those elements we just spoke of to get the best possible result,” said Delly Carr. “It can be like maths I guess. The beautiful twilight photograph that I want = a certain ISO + a certain shutter speed + a certain f-stop. You must know how each part of that formula behaves to get the right result, that is the image you envisaged in your mind before you actually took it.

Twilight photo by Delly Carr
 Photo by Delly Carr.
He continued: “Twilight is not a point and shoot scenario, it’s about using a 'photographic-net'  to capture the beauty that twilight will offer you. Otherwise the holes in your net will be too big, and twilight will sneak on by and you've lost the chance. You need to burn up some of your brain cells before you get out there by thinking it all through.”

According to Delly, the cameras and technology made today make it so much easier to shoot in fading light. The sensors too are so much better than the generations of cameras before. But even though this is true, a good fast lens is still needed.

The better the lens you have, and I mean one from a good brand name, the greater you chances of getting a beautiful image. We will all have our own agendas and favoured subjects when taking a photograph, so use a lens that will get the job done, a lens that you feel comfortable with, and a lens that is technically A1.”

As twilight photography can be challenging a tripod is an essential piece of equipment. It's important to be steady and calm and a good tripod will help with that.

Being comfortable, confident and calm makes it a whole lot easier to take twilight related photographs.

At twilight there are no set rules on what you should photograph instead, Delly suggests you choose the one you're most interested in. By picking a subject you're passionate about you'll have the passion and the resulting enthusiasm to use twilight's magical properties to make your favourite photographic subject even better.

If you get a beautiful twilight picture of the thing you like to shoot the most, does it get any better than that?
Photo by Delly Carr
 Photo by Delly Carr.

Don't forget that experimenting is also good. Why not think outside the box a little and photograph twilight from the inside. Use the golden glow that filters through an open window for example. Or, if you're at an event similar to that of Sony's twilight football games and you don't have a fast enough shutter speed to capture the action, then think of some alternatives. Why not try shooting silhouettes or pan blur for example.

Just understand light's properties, how it looks, how it behaves and how it changes over a time period. If you do this, you can use light as your paintbrush.

Visit Delly Carr's website.

If you like twilight photography take a look at Sony's Twilight football event.

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timparkin 8 27 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2009 11:31AM
Call me a nit-picker if you will but are these pictures just sunset/sunrise pictures? i.e. if you can see the sun, it's not twilight - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twilight

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