HDR · Night Photography

Taking HDR Photos at Night

HDR photography is generally associated with daytime and landscape photographs. It’s a great way to make sure that you nail the exposure on your shot and have the room to tweak it even further in an HDR photo editor like Aurora HDR (you can learn more about this editor by clicking here).

However, HDR photographs can also be taken at night to get some crazy good urban shots. You can achieve very creative results by doing this, and create photographs that are clean, crisp, and very well-lit.

Architecture Shots Are Enhanced at Night

If you want to take a photo of a building at night, with all the lights on and fog hiding it a little from the view, then HDR photography can help you a great deal. Not only will you be able to get great exposure for the lights (which are the highlights in this case), you will also get a lot of detail in the rest of the scene including the roads and the sky (which are the shadows here).

Architecture and urban scenes just take a whole new look at night, and taking long exposures produces some great results. But while a long exposure does lead to very nice light trails on the roads, it also causes building lights to blow out. HDR photography helps you here a great deal. Taking multiple long exposures, you’ll get the same light trails but will also have the ability to pull back essential highlights.

So the next time you’re trying to capture architecture shots at night, give this technique a try and you’ll see how much more flexibility you get with your HDR files in post-processing.

Night Photography

How to Keep Your Camera Stable

Taking a sharp and well-exposed photo at night can be a challenging task to accomplish. Photos can come out noisy or blurred a lot of the time, so it is essential that you stabilize your camera properly before attempting to shoot night scenes.

  • Use a Tripod

A tripod brings the stability you need for your camera, especially for longer exposures. It allows you to experiment with lighting by using the shutter speed you want, and you will even get a different perspective in your images than with shooting from eye level.

  • Use a Timer or Remote

Some people find their photos coming out blurry even when using a tripod. This can be because of the movement incurred while pressing the shutter button. To avoid this, put your camera on timer mode so that it takes the photo a few seconds after you have pressed the button.

If you can get a remote shutter for your camera, it’s even better for stability. You can also take really long exposures when using a remote that allows your camera to be operated at Bulb Mode.

  • Use a Faster Shutter

If you have to shoot handheld, then your best bet is to use a faster shutter speed. To do that, you need a lens with a wide aperture so your photos don’t come out too dark. You can also use a monopod along with a fast lens to stabilize your shots while walking around. A monopod is a very helpful tool for street shooting when you can set down a tripod in the middle of the street.

Night Photography

How to Keep Your Images Noise Free

Night photography, as much fun as it can be, is not easy for a number of reasons. The most obvious problem, of course, is the lack of light. To compensate for this lack of light, there are many things you can do. However, many new photographers just end up ramping up their camera’s ISO sensitivity which leads to a lot of unpleasant noise in their pictures. Here are a few ways you can either avoid using a very high ISO or keep the noise under control:

  • Use a slow shutter and wide aperture to allow the maximum possible amount of light to enter your camera. However, the slower the shutter speed is the more you have to stabilize your camera, so always try to use a tripod when shooting long exposures.

 

  • Use external lighting in the form of camera flashes or any other source that you can control. Sometimes using even the camera’s own flash with a DIY diffuser can give you pretty good results. Try to maximize the available light as well by choosing angles and perspectives that bring the most light to your camera.

 

  • Try using Median Blending when you have no other choice but to use a high ISO. This method basically merges multiple images of the same object, resulting in a much cleaner looking photo that you can actually use.

 

So the next time you go out to take some photos in the dark, take a tripod with you and shoot a long exposure, use some lights to brighten up the scene, or just take a lot of images at a high ISO and then blend them together.

Night Photography

Essential Items for Night Photography

So you’ve decided that you want to take on night photography. First of all, you need to be aware of all the different items you will need to pursue this dream of yours. Night photography is more complicated than daytime photography in many ways, so you should be ready for all the challenges that might occur during the process.

Let’s take a look at what things you will need before heading out into the dark:
• A Camera of the Right Kind

Of course, you’ll be needing a camera to take any kind of photo, but to take breathtaking night photos you need to invest in the right kind. Your camera must provide you will full manual control over the settings as this is key for long exposure photography. It should also be capable of taking RAW photos, because you might need to tweak the file to get the perfect shot in post processing.
Your camera should also have a Bulb mode to let you experiment with really long exposures. Having a camera that provides good low light performance is also a bonus.

• A Tripod

Long exposure photography demands the use of a tripod. You need to keep your camera completely still while it’s taking the photo. You don’t need to go all out and get a heavy, carbon fiber tripod though. Here is a list of some budget tripods you can take a look at.

• Some Accessories

In theory, if you have the afore-mentioned things, you should be able to start working with night photography. I, myself, used just a camera and a tripod to take my first long exposures. Other accessories that can really help you with your photography include a remote shutter release to make sure your camera doesn’t wobble when you press the shutter button, some flashlights if you want to experiment with light painting, and some fill lighting for those really dark and pitch black areas.

HDR · Night Photography

Capture Stunning Cityscapes At Night

Shooting daytime views of the city is all good, but take those same shots at night and your photos will take on a totally different look. The lights, the moving cars, the stars, all these things combine to make night photos much more dynamic, and at times alive, than daytime ones can be.

One important trick to take stunning night photos is to use HDR. With daytime photos, it’s as simple as taking a few brackets of the same scene and merging them together, but things get a little trickier at night. Here are the top things you should keep in mind while shooting HDR cityscapes at night.

• Shoot Manual Brackets

It’s important to have multiple different brackets for your night HDR photos. That is why you may need to adjust the settings on your camera manually and take various shots rather than relying on the camera’s own bracketing system.

• Focus Manually

At night, all but the very best of cameras will have trouble finding focus on their own especially in low light. For this reason, you should try and focus manually using live view or the EVF of your camera.

• Use a Tripod

It should go without saying that you should use a tripod for night time photos. This will help minimize camera shake in long exposures. You should also invest in a remote shutter release, or use a 2-second delay when taking photos so the camera doesn’t move when you press the shutter.

• Software Matters

HDR photography requires you to merge the various brackets you’ve taken into one cohesive image. This can be done within the body of some cameras, but it helps a great deal if you shoot in RAW and use a software to take care of this. The excellent Aurora HDR is an easy recommendation because of its lower price and vast array of easy-to-use features.

• Don’t Push ISO Too Much

One of the most important things to remember while shooting night HDR photos is to keep your camera’s ISO at a level where noise doesn’t creep into your photos too much. The maximum usable ISO for every camera differs, and you will have to do some test shots to find this out.

• Invest in Equipment

They say that gear doesn’t matter but in some cases, especially in night photography, it does. You need a camera body that can handle high ISO levels with ease, and a lens that has a wide aperture and is sharp as can be. A cheap lens will encounter high levels of lens flare, which becomes very hard to fix in post, so get a lens that is better suited for night photos.

HDR night photography can be very fun and quite rewarding if you do it right. Make sure you read through all these tips and tricks before heading out for your next project, and you can be sure that you’ll end up with some amazing photos.

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Make the Stars Go Round in a Few Steps

So everyone loves star trails. There’s just something majestic about seeing an image where you can see with your own two eyes how the planet revolves without us even noticing it. Star trails are one of the best ways to showcase that in photography.

If you’ve ever wanted to try creating star trails but think that it’s a job only pros can do, you are wrong. You can easily create star trails with a little bit of patience and practice. Just get a decent camera with a fast wide angle lens, a tripod, and a shutter release or duct tape.

The Shooting

The first step of creating a star trail image is to actually take the photos needed. Now, to take star trail photos, you have to take a large number of images that you will have to later merge in post processing.

You should try to get your hands on a lens with the widest possible aperture because that helps you use a lower ISO value, and hence get lesser noise in your photos. Open your lens to its widest aperture, set your shutter speed to 30 seconds, and adjust the ISO to properly expose the photo. Once the settings are dialed in, use a remote shutter or some duct tape to make your camera shoot continuously for as long as you want. Remember that you should have at least 50 photos at the end of this process, but more are better.

The Editing

Bring up all your RAW files into a processor and edit them the way you want. The best way is to edit one image properly, and then copy and paste the settings to all images so every image looks more or less the same. After this, all you need to do is bring up all these images as layers in Photoshop, and set the Layer Blending Option to Lighten.

This will make all the brightest parts of your photos, the stars, to be shown on top of the static scenery below. And this is how you will be able to make a stunning star trail image of your very own.

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Moon Photography Made Easy

As saturated the internet is with photos of the moon, there’s no denying that taking a clear photograph of the moon is a very rewarding process. To new photographers, this may seem like a daunting task that only the ‘pros’ can take on, but it’s easier that it seems. All you need is a decent camera, a stable tripod, and some patience.

 

Understand the Equipment

The right kind of equipment is very important to take a good photo of the moon. As mentioned before, this includes a good camera sensor and a tripod. Another important thing needed is a good telephoto lens. Anything upwards of 200mm focal length is advised. 200mm lenses also work, but going lower than that is not ideal. The reason you will need a telephoto lens is, of course, to get as close to the moon as possible without digital cropping.

This is where the tripod comes in. When you are zoomed in to the longest end of your lens, even the slightest of movement can cause the whole image to be destroyed. Once you have your camera set up on a tripod, it’s time to tweak the settings.

Important Settings to Remember

Photographing the moon is all about minimizing the effect of the glow so that the details can be seen on its surface. For that, try to use the following tips and settings:

  • Set your camera mode to Manual.
  • Keep your ISO between 100 and 200 so that the brightness of the overall image is kept low.
  • Set the Aperture to f/11. Lower apertures will blow out the highlights.
  • Keep a fast Shutter Speed. Something around 1/125 to 1/250 will work.
  • Keep your camera’s focus to infinity.

Once you have dialed in all your settings, it is time to shoot. The best way to do this is by using a remote shutter, as pushing the shutter button with your finger causes the camera to shake no matter how careful you are. If you don’t have a remote shutter release, don’t worry. You can simply put the camera’s drive mode to 2 seconds or more, so that when you press the shutter button the camera takes a while before actually taking the photo.

Post Processing

Always shoot in RAW so that you can later tweak your image to pull out the most detail from the moon. One important thing to note here is that, unless you use a super zoom lens, you will need to crop into your image digitally if you want the moon to fill up most of your image’s frame. This is where the amount of megapixels your camera body has comes into play. The more this number, the more you can crop without sacrificing too much of the image quality.

 

Now that you have all the information you need to photograph the moon, go out and take some test shots. It’s always best to actually shoot in order to learn which settings work best for your gear. Happy shooting!

Night Photography

The time when sun starts playing hide and side

There it goes down on west and comes backs on east after 12 hours. When sun is out there are lots of beautiful things happening in dark. Darkness is not a fearful state it is a state of discovering new world without sunlight. The world can be explored in the night photography. The night sets forth to survive many living organisms.

Fantasy of darkness

Darkness is a beauty which can be admired by nyctophilia. The night has got its own charm. To help people explore more about the delicacy of nights, night photography is being practiced present days. The night photography has its own kingdom to rule over. There are certain subjects which are taken in night’s light they are

  • Celestial bodies
  • City skylines
  • Fireworks
  • Night life
  • Aurora
  • Thunderstorms
  • Amusement rides
  • Streets
  • Lights
  • Moonlight

There are the main subjects for night light photos. They need much patience and certainty while taking clicks in night mode. There will be only moon light on not even that in many places capturing an image in such condition is really a challenging one to do with. But the beauty of the photo lasts forever.

The light of city is the best photography art. The city has various light dazzling in night time when a picture is taken from top most capturing the colorful twinkles of light then it sets the picture ablaze. The pictures define what kind of thinker you are and what type of message you are about to tell mankind.

Techniques for night picture

  • Tripod
  • Wide angled lens
  • A lens hood
  • A flashlight
  • Good tool

These are the main stuffs needed for your night picture capturing. At nights you may get falling stars or streaks of light passing through, to capture them with High Definition you must need all these things to look your picture more amazing. A single picture of night life stays upright in millions of memories forever.