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How to Photograph Night Life

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How to Photograph Night Life

Photographing strangers while out in public is one of the biggest challenges that any photographer has to face, regardless of whether you are a beginner or a professional. It can be really scary to walk up to someone you don’t know and ask for a photo—and it can be even scarier to get that photo without that person’s permission.

Now, photographing people (or anything, really) at night is a different kind of challenge. Put those two things together and that you got a pretty big hurdle to overcome. Today, we’re going to talk about how to get over that hurdle.
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How to Shoot Landscapes at Night

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How to Shoot Landscapes at Night

Landscape photography has a few basic rules that most people learn pretty early on. First, when you shoot a landscape, you need to use a small aperture. That small aperture makes it possible for you to keep the entire scene in focus, from foreground to background.

Another landscape photography rule you probably learned early on has to do with your ISO. Low ISOs, you’ve been told, are critical for landscape photography because your ultimate goal is to capture as much detail as possible. When you use higher ISOs, you can get problems like excess noise, limited total range, and muddy colors. So landscapes need to be shot at ISO 100 or, if your camera gives you the option, at ISOs even lower than that.

So what is a conscientious landscape photographer to do after the sun goes down?
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How to Photograph the Stars (without the star trails)

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How to Photograph the Stars (without the star trails)

Star trails are pretty cool, there’s no doubt about it. A well-executed star trail image gives the viewer a sense of infinity, of the universe on its eternal march through time. But sometimes you don’t necessarily want star trails in your photos. They’re cool, but they’re not what you see with your own eyes when you look up at the sky. Instead, you want to capture the beauty of the night sky as it really is. But here’s the problem: it’s dark, the stars move, and they move quickly. How can you capture them without a long exposure? Continue Reading »

Intermediate Night Photography

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Intermediate Night Photography

If you have dabbled in night photography, you are probably familiar with the unique lighting scenarios and magical images you can capture once the lights are out. You may think of night as a black time, but streetlights, signs, and car headlights add colored light to photos that you do not encounter during the light of day. You can challenge yourself and create beautiful images capturing fluorescent, tungsten, yellow/orange streetlights, or even multi colored neon light sources. There are also natural sources of light in the moon and stars just begging to be photographed. If you have already gone to the dark side and delved into the exciting world of night photography, read on to discover some new tricks to try. Jaw dropping photos await!
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How to Photograph a Comet

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How to Photograph a Comet

Did you remember hearing about Comet ISON in December? It was meant to be the brightest comet seen in our skies. What was supposed to be “The Comet of the Century” fizzled out as it shot past the sun at a range that was clearly a little too close for comfort. Now it’s just some dust and debris. No one is more disappointed than us astrophotographers. Well, maybe the folks at NASA, but we astrophotographers are pretty disappointed too. So much for “The Comet of the Century.”

The good news is, naked-eye comets are not so rare that you’ve just forever missed out on a golden opportunity to get some astounding photographs. In fact, if you know where to look, there are a number of comets visible this year. With a little bit of know-how you can get some great photos of comets. Here’s how.
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Taking Your First Night Photos

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Taking Your First Night Photos

We all lead busy lives. The world is likely dark when you get up and has already settled back into darkness by the time you get home. Not exactly great for getting your camera out and taking some shots. Have you ever considered getting out at night to take photos? Night photography can be intimidating but don’t be afraid of the dark! Read on to learn how to take your first night photographs. Night, night baby!
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How To Shoot Photos in the Dark

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How To Shoot Photos in the Dark

Light! It’s the single most important element in any photograph. Without light, you’ve got no image. Without the right light, you’ve got a bad image. In photography, light is everything.

And with that in mind, I’m going to tell you how to shoot photos in the dark.

But wait, didn’t you just say that light is everything? Yes, I did. And the reason that you can still take great photos in the dark is because – with the possible exception of a very deep cave or a crevasse at the bottom of the ocean – there’s really no such thing as “dark” here on Earth.
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Tips For Long Exposure Photography

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Tips For Long Exposure Photography

Long exposure photography is something most hobbyists have tried at some point or another. Slow shutter speeds are necessary, after all, for capturing flash-free images after dark. But long exposures aren’t just for low light. Those surreal-looking photos of streaky skies and misty waters are long exposures, too. Let’s see how to take them!
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The Differences between Civil, Nautical, and Astronomical Twilight

The Differences between Civil, Nautical, and Astronomical Twilight

Any photographer knows that the middle of the day casts the harshest and most unflattering light. It’s the light just before and after sunrise and sunset that we covet. But, if you go to a weather site and look up when sunrise and sunset are set to occur, you might be scratching your head since they list three different twilights. So, to make things easier on you, let’s set the record straight and delve into the differences between civil twilight, nautical twilight and astronomical twilight.
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How to photograph the Aurora Borealis

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How to photograph the Aurora Borealis

This year is looking to be a rather magnetically active year for this little planet. All kinds of solar storms are headed are way, but don’t you worry. They won’t do any damage to civilization or life as we know it. They will, however, make for some rather amazing photo ops. When a really big solar storm comes in, it moves the aurora borealis ‘northern lights’ further south (or north if you’re from down under) than usual. So if you’re anywhere near it, get out your camera. Here’s how you can capture some of the action!
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Photographing Bright Lights

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Photographing Bright Lights

Bright lights at night are breathtaking. They bring a certain magic to urban life that’s unlike anything else. The only issue with bright lights is that they’re a lot like the sun. They can bring unwanted contrast into a scene, often forcing you to rethink the way you expose the entire image. If you’ve ever struggled with producing beautiful images of holiday lights and urban landscapes, try out these tips.
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Night Photography Primer Part 3: Capturing Cityscapes

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Night Photography Primer Part 3: Capturing Cityscapes

We spent the last portion of this series out in the country taking pictures under starlight. Now we’re going to head back into the city to figure out what the buzz really is all about. There’s no shortage of night time light and interesting figures in the city. From the neon to the bright and expansive bridges and sky scrapers, there is plenty for enthusiast and non-enthusiast photographers alike. Even if you don’t live in the city, and you only spend a few days a year there – This one is for you.
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Night Photography Primer Part 2: Moon and Star Light

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Night Photography Primer Part 2: Moon and Star Light

If you’ve ever been out for a walk on a moonlit night, you know how powerful the light can be. Sometimes moonlight is so bright you can actually see far off into the distance. Believe it or not, it’s entirely possible to take a moonlit or starlit picture that appears as though it was taken during the day. You just need to keep your camera’s shutter open a lot longer. In this next section of our mini series on night photography, we’re going to learn how to capture moonlit and starlit scenes.
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Night Photography Primer: The World At Night

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Night Photography Primer: The World At Night

I know a lot of photographers who only really take pictures during the day. As someone who likes to have everything work right away without much extra effort, I can understand why. The night, after all, is kind of challenging to photograph. There’s a lot more setup time and a lot more room for error. You need to find the good spots, and it can take a little work. This is the first in a series of articles to help you get the best night photographs.
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Spectacular Night Shots In 5 Easy Steps

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Spectacular Night Shots In 5 Easy Steps

With the night comes the interesting light. Street signs, lamp posts, passing cars, and even the moon, all put out colorful light that can create some very impressive photos. You don’t need to be a photography expert to capture amazing night shots. Just follow these five easy steps, and you’ll have it made.
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