Learn by Doing Photography – Practice your photography skills with weekly photography assignments. I will post a new assignment every Friday, you can post your pictures at the bottom of this post or on the DigitalCamFan Facebook. If you have any questions please refer to the guidelines, if you have no questions jump right in any time!
Learn by Doing Photography Assignment #24 After dark Photography
There is something magical about stepping outside after dark with your camera in hand. You never know what awaits you out there. Are the stars going to be out, or will the clouds cover the skies. Perhaps a bit of both. How will the city lights sparkle tonight. It’s always changing, every time I step outside at night I see a different landscape painted before my eyes. As long as you have a tripod and a remote shutter you can go anywhere at night.
Tonight my husband and I hiked up Mt. Sentinel to enjoy the evening…
Focal Length 16mm – Exposure 118… at f/2.8 ISO 100
I had the camera on a tripod with remote in my hand. I took a few test shots to see approximately how long I needed to leave the shutter open. Set the camera to bulb and waited a few minutes,since I wasn’t going for long star trails, just trying to capture the night, I didn’t have to wait too long. This is where the experiments and fun comes in.
Set up your camera on a tripod. Make sure you bring a flash light or a phone to help you see while you set up. I open wide, set focal length to widest. Turn to bulb, take a test shot for about one minute. Take a look at my picture adjust the composition and length of shot by what is needed and try again. Then I say a thank-you for digital cameras, the fact that I don’t have to wait for my film to be developed to know if I got the shot or not is pretty amazing!