Thursday, October 21, 2010

Night Photography

Last photo class we learned how to take pictures at night while blurring the source of light. This is perfect for taking pictures of fireworks, cars driving by, the Balloon Glow, stars, clouds and lightening (any object that is a source of light). For the picture to come out sharp and clear you really need to use a tripod and a remote with a lock will also come in handy. To get the desired picture you will need to set your camera to M (manual) and turn the shutter speed dial all the way to the left until it reads Bulb. You will also want your ISO set at 100, noise reduction on and manual focus on. You might also need to adjust your white balance. To start out with set it in auto white balance and then change if needed. For example street lights give off an orange light so you might want to adjust your white balance to make the light more white.

With your camera on a tripod push the take picture button down until you hear a click, focus on your object and push the button down all the way. Hold the button down for as long as you would like. This is called leaving the shutter open. The camera is taking multiple pictures of your subject for as long as your button is held down. To capture the movement and light from stars or clouds hold the shutter speed open for a longer period of time. This is where the remote come in handy. Set your camera up on the tripod and using the remote lock the shutter open. You can keep it open for a long period of time such as an hour. 

Here are some examples. I didn't have a tripod so most of my pictures are blurry, but you get the idea!

Car tail lights blurred

Holding the shutter open while moving the camera.

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