Night Photography Inspiration

6 02 2012

Some tips and tutorials on night photography:

Some other links thanks to our friends at Smashing Magazine:

60 Beautiful Examples Of Night Photography
60 amazing examples of night photography, created by some hard-working and dedicated photographers. Take a look at their websites and portfolios.

Jc2 in 50 Incredible Photography Techniques and Tutorials

The Nocturnes
The Nocturnes is an organization dedicated to night photography. Founded by Tim Baskerville in San Francisco in 1991, it has grown to become the premier source of information and education on night photography, as well as an international community for night photographers.

Snap6 in 50 Incredible Photography Techniques and Tutorials

Lost America night photography
Wandering the deserted backroads of the American Southwest, Troy Paiva has explored the abandoned underbelly of America since the 1970s. Since 1989 he’s been taking pictures of it… at night, by the light of the full moon.

Aw in 50 Incredible Photography Techniques and Tutorials

Long Exposure Night Photography
This article shows you how to take pictures of night scenes with no moving objects.

473 in 50 Incredible Photography Techniques and Tutorials

Night Photography by David Baldwin
Night photography of landscapes and architecture.

Learn Night Photography
Quick and dirty guide to defining exposure time for typical night subjects.

Fir in 50 Incredible Photography Techniques and Tutorials

Some example times for different types of night scenes:

There is a range of illuminated scenes that are similar wherever they are photographed so we can give exposure values that you can use as a guide in the table below. We’ll base the settings on ISO100 and you can compensate for different film speeds. The CCDs used in digital cameras are also rated at ISO100, but can sometimes also be rated up to ISO800.

Fireworks 1sec f/2.8
Floodlit building 1/2sec f/2.8
Subject lit by firelight 1/2sec f/2.8
Typical street scene with normal illumination 1/2sec f/2/8
Shop window 1/8sec f/2.8
Brightly lit street scene (maybe with Christmas lights) 1/15sec f/2.8
Neon sign and brightly lit theatre districts 1/30sec f/2.

Use these exposure settings as a guide and when using ISO 400 speed reduce the aperture down by two stops, so f/2.8 becomes f/5.6, or increase the shutter speed by two full settings, so 1/2sec would be 1/8sec.




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