Night Photography Unlocked
One of the first things that interested me as a young boy just getting into photography, was shooting at night time. I was fascinated by the way light was recorded onto film and the effects I could create with long exposures, torches and a tripod.
Of course, I was rubbish at it…
…but that didn’t stop me trying and loving it. Trouble was, I had to wait two weeks for the prints to arrive through the post to see my results…often very disappointing!
I experimented with all manner of techniques including off camera flash, star trails, super long exposures and slow shutter speeds whilst moving the camera…and remember, this was all with a simple, basic SLR film camera at the age of about 14.
Later on when I got into digital, I loved it because it meant I could see results immediately and that meant I could experiment and learn a lot quicker. Now I use night photography quite a bit and the skills I have learned come in very handy for wedding photography at night.
In the image below, I was on a 5 day trip to Italy to shoot a 3 day wedding and in my spare time, I shot a lot of night photography for stock:
…and of course, the techniques used came in very handy when shooting the actual wedding because for each of the three days I was shooting, the events started early evening and went on into the night.:
Without the skills I had learned, this would have been a disaster and I could well have messed up the entire wedding.
No matter what genre of photography you are into, there will more than likely come a point where you will need to learn some night photography skills. Of course, practise makes perfect but to give yourself a helping hand and speed up the learning process, check out this brilliant course by Neil Creek, a seasoned, professional night photographer.