Capture Stunning LandscapeImages in the Black of Night
Many photographers assume that oncethe sun goes down, so do theopportunities to take spectacularlandscape images. Some of my favoritephotographs were taken under extremelylow light or nearly pitch-black conditions.In fact, I have found that the darker it isthe better results I usually get in myimages. You are more likely to pick upunusual colors not typically visible to thenaked eye while capturing wonderfulstreaks in the sky when shooting at night.Here are a few suggestions that will helpyou capture great nighttime landscapes.
Scout out locations duringdaylight hours.
This is extremely important because it willbe difficult at best to find good placessuitable for nighttime photography duringhours of darkness. I normally try to findseveral potential spots where I can go toshoot during a single trip out. Look forareas where it is safe to park your car andwhere you might be able to setup yourtripod. I have found myself standing rightnext to lonely country roads, in deepditches, and over irrigation sloughs to get just the right composition. Having aspecific place to setup in mind before itgets dark can save you a lot of time andfrustration.
Find a strong subject to anchor your image
A good landscape image typically hassomething of interest in the foreground tograb the viewer’s attention. Whether it isan old barn, hollowed out tree, or windycreek, try looking for something to makeyour image visually interesting. Also keepin mind the rule of thirds when composingyour shots.
Avoid artificial light
The farther away you can get from citylights, the better your images will turnout. I have found that shooting in nearlypitch-dark conditions using long shutterspeeds pulls out colors and tones notgenerally visible to the naked eye. Itypically drive an hour or more to get tolocations that have few or no artificiallights. Nearby artificial lighting will not killa decent landscape image; however it canoverwhelm the subtle ambient light that isnaturally present. Remember that youcan adjust the color temperature of yourimages later in processing so do not let anearby light spoil your evening.
Do not trespass
Nothing ruins a night of landscapephotography faster than being contactedby the police for trespassing on
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