Night photography has an attraction all its own. There's something about scintillating lights from office windows hanging in the dark of the night -- a modern version of the starry skies -- that appeal to us. Whether it's a city skyline, lamp posts on a dark and deserted street, or the front of your house all decked out with holiday lights, the challenge of capturing the mood of a night scene depends on whether your digital camera is capable of night photography and on a couple of simple techniques.
Many photographers assume that once the sun goes down, so do the opportunities to take spectacular landscape images. Some of the most beautiful photographs were taken under extremely low light or nearly pitch-black conditions.
Have you ever wondered how to photograph fireworks? Do you need to have a manual SLR (Single Reflective Lens) to achieve nice shots? Here are some tips, guides, and recommendations on how you can achieve some eye-catching creative photography.
Night photography has the ability to take a scene and cast it in an unusual light-- much like the "golden hour" surrounding sunrise and sunset can add an element of mood and uniqueness to a sunlit scene. Just as how sports and landscape photography push the camera's limits for shutter speed and aperture, respectively, night photography often demands technical extremes in both.
This video shows you how to photograph stars without doing a long exposure and to avoid human error by listening to what the camera meter says. This video is for D-SLR's only. Watch another video for star trails using a 35mm film.
This video demonstrates you how to take an excellent close up photograph of the Earth's Moon without a name - also demonstrates you how to develop the RAW (or NEF) files in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (We use the original LR in this tutorial but similar results in LR 2) and Adobe Photoshop CS3 (similar results in CS4). Enjoy!