We have covered the vast axis of the creative field of photography several times on Pel Fusion, your online magazine for everything visual. In this particular post we will be addressing the stunning visual ambience that is documented with the effective practice and exercise of night photography.
Night photography is a subject of photography that is virtually boundless save for a single exception: it must be at night. When it comes to photographing at night, there is pretty much nothing out there that you can’t photograph. Subjects and places, views and things will always be present in their own particular form whether it is day or night, but the key element that needs to be mastered in order for your subjects to actually be effectively photographed, is an understanding of the unique role and play of light during the night.
As there is an obvious absence of the sun during the night, one cannot always rely on natural light. Of course, this statement is retractable when it comes to using moonlight as a natural source of light, but that sometimes requires a somewhat technical understanding of camera functions and lighting as well as dependence on the respective location. A few basic yet essential ways by which night photography can be captured are kicking up the ISO settings on your camera, playing with long exposure, using a tripod and getting hold of wide aperture lenses. Creative manipulation of your present light sources and making the best use of your darker surroundings can result in some jaw dropping night photography. Sometimes it’s all about going back to basics.
Contrary to popular belief, night photography can actually be of anything under the sun – or moon, so to speak. If you can afford it, getting hold of some outdoor strobes, softboxes and luxury lenses can make for out of this world amazing photographs. If that’s too heavy on the pocket, the best photographs are taken with a control and play of exposure and as much as a tripod. The true fact remains that a photograph always says more about the photographer than it does about a camera. SO it really is up to you how you manage to make the most out of your nighttime photography.
Below are some pretty amazing examples of night photography to inspire you, ranging for stunning landscapes, cityscapes, nights out on the town and more. Enjoy.