Going back tomorrow - How can I do better? - Night shots

Started Dec 6, 2013 | Photos thread
clengman Senior Member • Posts: 1,964
Re: Going back tomorrow - How can I do better? - Night shots

Florida Nature Photographer wrote:

clengman wrote:

I hate the idea that I can only take photos for one hour of the day. I want to be able move around at night, find beauty, and capture it.

Unfortunately, for shots like your first (which I like by the way), that's the best answer.

Thanks for the bad news. Oh well, only one best night shot per night I guess.

I wouldn't go that far.

The thing to watch out for is the bright highlights. Set your exposure so those aren't clipped (or not too badly clipped). You can adjust the rest of the tones later. The closer the brightness of the sky is to the brightness of the artificial lighting in the scene, the less dynamic range you will have to capture. The data you'll have to work with in your RAW file. If you have some pictures with sky and buildings that look lighter than what you wanted, don't be too quick to toss them out. I think it usually works better to start with a slightly too bright sky and pull it down a little, than it is to push shadows that started out too dark, but like someone else said, you have a camera with a good, not terribly noisy sensor, you will have a lot of latitude to push shadow areas if that's what you need to do.

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