Now that it’s going dark by 4:30pm it’s a great time to practice your night photography. This can also fit in with our ‘Twilight’ themed competition. Christmas lights are starting to appear all around us and these make a challenging subject to photograph. As always different camera settings can make a lot of difference. Try using a wide aperture to isolate single lights throwing the others into a creative blur. Or you could use a narrow aperture to give you a wide depth of field to get more in focus. It’s best to use a tripod as the exposures are likely to be long, but be aware that if there’s a breeze the lights may move giving motion blur. So try to shoot on a still night. If it’s been raining and the ground is wet you can get some colourful reflections to add to the atmosphere. I like to experiment with different settings. Why not try zooming during the exposure to liven the image up or try employing intentional image movement (IMC). The other thing I would strongly recommend shooting in RAW for night photography as the subject is very contrasty and RAW gives you a better chance of recovering the dark shadows and bright lights in post production.
So get out and create some atmospheric night photos or dig through your archives and share your images with us. I looking forward to seeing them. Don’t forget to social distance and keep safe with your photography
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