Clever Tips for Winter Photography (Part 5)
Winter days are short so just venture out into the night and take shots of different elements in the dark.
- Make the moonlight and star trails shine.
Moonlight have the same intensity as the daylight while the trail of stars is as obvious as they can be if you just leave the camera shutter open a little longer than you usually do. Make sure you are in a location that is peaceful and free from man-made contaminants and pollution. This way, even if the exposure would take many minutes, you’d be ready to take the shot when you find the perfect sky scene.
- Calculate the light exposure.
Both the lack and excess of light sources are a potential problem to your winter night photography. Then just ditch the automatic mode and go manual. It is up to you how much light exposure is needed and even if you fail at your first attempt, you’ll get used to it and produce great results.
- Make use of city lights.
It is not just the lamp posts or the cars’ headlights that can make for colourful, interesting subjects. You can also focus on neon signs or light sources from windows across the street. Use manual focus instead of your camera’s autofocus system.
- Visit bands and gigs.
Local clubs and pubs offer after-dark entertainment that would make evocative shots. Make sure you ask permission first from the club owner or the band members before you take pictures of them. For a more realistic blur effect of the background or the other messy elements, use a flashgun set. It should fire at the end of the exposure rather than at the beginning.
- Have proper timing.
Use a remote release so you can time the exposure and prevent camera shake. Use ‘B’ mode if you are using more than a few seconds of exposure. If there is an unwanted passer-by, just cover the lens until it moves away and then carry on.