Here are 10 tips for night photography to get you thinking about starting your next street photography session at twilight, rather than ending it.
A wide-angle lens is necessary for this type of photography because the longer the focal length, the faster the shutter speed needed to keep an image sharp.
To learn more about photographing with a high ISO, you can read about it here: Reasons to Shoot High ISO Images. You should always pay attention to the main light sources in a scene, no matter where or when you are photographing, but at night this becomes even more important. On the other hand, if you stand in the street and aim the camera at the light source, as I did in the above photo, then the light will be less pronounced on the subjects, however, you will get the beautiful sign in the scene. I try to get close to many of my subjects, but I will also try to create scenes where the subjects are small aspects of the overall scene. The technical advantage to this is that you do not need to use as fast a shutter speed to capture the motion of subjects when you are further away. Whether you want to try flash on the street is up to you, but keep in mind that it can easily lead to some confrontations. Using a flash means that you are freed from a lot of the constraints of photographing at night. You can either have the flash do all of the work lighting the scene, where the foreground area within reach of the flash is lit and everything else is dark, or you can set the camera to expose for the scene, similar to what you would do without the flash, and then use the flash to add some fill light to your main subjects in the foreground. That being said, even with the best settings, some of your images will be taken in areas that are too dark to be exposed correctly.
For these photos, I will first ignore the noise and get the exposure and look correct in Lightroom. On this note, aim to get your photos as sharp as possible when you want sharpness, but know that a photo can still look fantastic even if it’s not tack sharp. You don’t need to freeze motion perfectly when photographing at night for the image to still look great. This is an overly general statement, so feel free to disagree, but I want to make a point here.
When you expose a night shot, especially on automatic settings, the camera will often misread the scene and overexpose the image. There are many situations where bright night images are a good thing, but don’t be afraid to make your night images dark and realistic.
Depending on where you live, going out at night with a camera is not always the safest idea. Night photography is wonderful but in a big city, don’t do it alone, it can be dangerous believe me.


This article, when it first appeared, was an inspiration for me to catch a few outside shots of the local pool hall, with all the neon lights and what have you. After he had abandoned a college career, William Eggleston made a living as a freelance photographer. When photographing, Eggleston takes on the strangest positions to get exactly the right angle and framing. I had this notion of what I called a democratic way of looking around, that nothing was more or less important. At first glance, many photos of his photos may seem trivial, but a close examination shows that, they are indeed the results of very well thought out compositions of seemingly random scenes.
Read some more features about famous photographers on this site: Henri Cartier-Bresson, Nan Goldin, Humberto Rivas or Graciela Iturbide, for example. AboutKai Behrmann498 POSTS7 COMMENTSsash0 POSTS0 COMMENTSTop Photography FilmsOnline photography magazine providing videos, interviews and essays to promote photographic ideas and stimulate visual creativity.
Cityscapes are lit with a myriad of interesting and colorful light sources, such as lampposts, neon signs, store windows, car lights, and bare bulbs. With a 28mm or 35mm lens (up to 50mm) it becomes much easier to handhold the camera at slower shutter speeds. With modern digital cameras you can photograph anywhere from ISO 1600 to 6400 with decent or good quality. Start by finding a beautiful light source, or an area with good lighting, and wait around for something to happen. If you are leaning against a shop with a lit sign behind you, like the man in the photograph above, then as subjects pass you they will be lit with a strong light that has a gorgeous color to it. At night, backgrounds can be much more beautiful than during the day, so it often works to have people become the secondary element to the scene, rather than the primary focus.
However, one of the times to use a tripod is when you want to capture a busy scene, with lots of people and motion.
You can use a faster shutter speed and include more depth of field in the photo and less grain (noise). It’s impossible to photograph this way and expose every image perfectly within the camera.
After I do this, if I’ve had to raise the exposure setting a significant amount, the grain will look terrible. This grain looks much more pleasing to the eye than brightened, extreme digital noise and it can further hide some of the technical deficiencies in underexposed images. He is the author of the e-book, "The Essentials of Street Photography" and runs photo tours of New York.


I did so, but it didn’t work well with the kit lens that came with my D3200 (not good for low light situations).
Before starting with color photography in the late 1960s, he had studied in detail black and white photography.
For him, it seems that the reason to take a photograph of a particular thing does not play an important role. It’s the image itself rather than the photographed object that has a value in the visual world of William Eggleston photography. He adjusts to whatever catches his attention, and in doing so cuts out a little bit of reality transforming it into a work of art giving it his unique individual perspective. But when he first appeared on the scene in the 1970s, Eggleston’s photography was revolutionary.
But it didn’t end there, the book also revealed another shoot with the beautiful Maria Borges. For the occasional shots with excellent content that you want to save, you will have no choice but to raise the exposure when editing. Luckily, there are some keys to saving an image like this as long as you are photographing in RAW.
The result will not be a perfectly sharp image, but it will still be pleasing and beautiful. But then came William Eggleston (born 1939 in Memphis, Tennessee) and showed that color images can have a place in modern art. In 2012 I founded "Top Photography Films", an online photography magazine to promote photographic creativity and showcase the work of contemporary artists. The colors in Eggleston’s photos are saturated and intense, the characters pose in front of the camera, and traditional ideas about photographic composition are abandoned. If you'd like to have your portfolio featured or have any other question, please send me an email.
If the noise is still bad after noise reduction I will sometimes bring it into Photoshop and add a very slight Gaussian blur.



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