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Advice On Shooting In Towns And Cities At Night (Ephotozine)
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Advice On Shooting In Towns And Cities At Night (Ephotozine)

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Tripod – longer shutter speeds mean shots are more susceptible to shake.
Cable/Remote Release – Help stop camera shake.
Camera – Consider taking a camera such as the NX200 or NX100 which are small in design making them perfect for photography out on the street.

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  • 1. Link: http://www.ephotozine.com/article/advice-on-shooting-in-towns-and-cities-at-night-17399Advice On Shooting In Towns And Cities At NightCity/Town Night Photography Tips - Want to shoot some night shots in the city? Have a read of thisfirst.Posted: 26th September 2011 Photo by David Clapp - www.davidclapp.co.ukGear:  Tripod – longer shutter speeds mean shots are more susceptible to shake.  Cable/Remote Release – Help stop camera shake.  Camera – Consider taking a camera such as the NX200 or NX100 which are small in design making them perfect for photography out on the street.Technique:Be careful
  • 2. You might be in your own town which you think you know well but that doesnt mean you shouldlet your guard down. Its often better to go out in a group, that way a couple of you can keep aneye on the gear and whos around you while the others take their shots. Try to stick to busy areaswhere theres plenty of people around and avoid shooting on Friday and Saturday nights if you canas people who have had a few drinks are never fun to deal with. Rush hours a great time to headout as theres still plenty of activity and you can turn the lights from traffic into trails that bendand curve through your shots.When to shoot?You may think that heading out when the suns set will give you the best images as the lights willbe at their brightest, which is true, but dont forget there will be no interest in the sky so youllhave to compose your shot so its not a major feature. Earlier in the evening, when the sunssetting or just after its gone down there will still be a good amount of light in the sky so colourand cloud formation will be more prominent. The lights on buildings wont show up as well but ifyou have a really great sky, having lights that arent as bright shouldn’t be a problem.What to shootA lot of structures are lit up at night so you should have plenty to work with. Everything fromchurches to train stations can work as subjects but be careful near some as you may get the oddquestion from a security guard wondering what youre doing taking photos at night. If you can finda higher vantage point youll be able to shoot some city skylines that show the various colouredlights and structures still awake. Try shooting a panorama and if you have a camera with apanorama mode built in, such as theSamsung NX11, itll be even easier to do.Long exposuresLong exposures can be used to capture light trails, they can be used to emphasis how busy a placeis by turning peoples movements in to streaks of blur or you can use them to make people whoare moving vanish out of shot while youre static subject remains in frame. It can be tricky tryingto get the exposure right though so its probably a good idea to shot in RAW so you have morefreedom to adjust your images in post processing. You could also try bracketing so you have avariety of shots, exposed differently, to pick from.White balanceMost of the time auto white-balance should be able to cope with the different light temperaturesthat are found in a city but you may need to adjust your shots further in your editing software tomake it so each light source looks correct.

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