As the nights draw in, it's tempting to hide away inside where it's warm, however there is one advantage of it getting dark earlier and that's low light photography as low light city shoots and evening / night themed shots can be captured at more reasonable hours. If you don't fancy heading out onto the street with your camera we've also listed tips on taking photos in dark buildings and advice on shooting low light self portraits at home. (Click the titles to read the articles.)
If you are heading out to capture outdoor evening shots, do wrap up warm and take someone along with you if you can, both for safety reasons and company. A tripod will be handy but if you're going to be walking, pack a monopod. A cable or remote release will minimise shake as you won't have to touch the camera when setting off your long exposures. If you want to use shorter shutter speeds then a camera that copes well with noise at higher ISO levels, such as the Canon EOS 70D
which will allow you to keep shooting when light levels fall thanks to ISO 12800, will be useful.
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We begin with a general low light photography tutorial by Robin Whalley
. He covers general advice on what gear you need as well as tips on what shutter speeds to use, how to produce a sharp image and how you can work hand-held without blur spoiling your shots. Further down the page you'll find tips on what ISOs to use, if you need image stabilisation, if you should shoot RAW or JPEG and advice on capturing movement.
If you work in the city, you'll soon be able to leave work and head out with your camera in search of night-themed city shots. Before then, have a read of this tutorial which gives tips on what gear will make the job easier, plus advice on white balance, ISOs and what subjects work the best.
Low light doesn't mean you have to head outside after the sun's set. You can work from the comfort of your own home, using one light to create moody portraits that can be full of character. As well as lighting tips, this article offers advice on setting exposures and subject choices.
Our cities and towns take on a whole new appearance as the sun sets making it a great time for building photography. In this article we look at composition tips as well as give advice on how you can get the colour balance and exposure right for every shot.
In this article we look at ten important points that should be considered when shooting low light work. This includes equipment you should use, where long exposures are handy, how to use the Bulb setting and what ISOs should be used.
If low light / night photography isn't something you've tried before, have a look at this article. It covers all the basics you need to know as well as offering advice on what subjects work well.
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