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New to night photos, insight/tips/tricks welcome!

 
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Mar 06, 2018 21:00 |  #1

Hey everyone -

Relatively new to the forum and to diving into deeper fields (no pun intended) with the camera capability. Had an opportunity for a quick shot last night as one of my first night attempts. Just curious what the pros think of the light/color/etc. All input welcome, even if it says the shoot sucks!

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Mar 07, 2018 03:38 |  #2

Although I'm not a pro, I'd try to include the top of the building/sign in the picture and maybe a bit less of the street in front.

Overall I think it's a good first try. Looks like a challenging scene with very dark parts and some very bright lights. Shooting around sunrise/sunset might solve this. Generally the sky is a bit lighter around these times and it makes the scene less contrasty which results in a more balanced image.


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Mar 07, 2018 04:45 |  #3

My verdict is probably much harsher.... For me it is not obvious what the attraction of this picture is.

Here some questions I constantly try to ask myself: Why do I have the urge to take a picture? Which part specifically? How can I highlight this specifically? In camera and in post....
E.g. In your picture the most attractive thing from my point of view is the streetlights on the left and the corner shop including the reflection on the street. Crop away the rest and focus on this interesting part - maybe even flipping the picture so that the corner shop captures your eye first and the street leading your eye away.... (we tend to look from left to right).


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Mar 09, 2018 06:29 as a reply to  @ thijs's post |  #4

Totally agree!




  
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Mar 09, 2018 06:30 as a reply to  @ drmaxx's post |  #5

Not harsh at all, makes total sense. I tend to have a problem with "planning" my shot as opposed to just trying to get the shutter to go and see what I end up with, this being an example of that. Certainly helps the thought process to have a prime area of focus!




  
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Mar 09, 2018 06:50 |  #6

I would suggest shooting wider, and then crop later. This gives you the ability to try different crops of the same scene to see what looks more interesting. This will start to train your mind's eye a bit on how to better frame and crop less over time.

For example, how do you feel about just this crop of your original image? Is it better to put that corner to the edge and crop out the white suv? Purely subjective, but I hope it drives the point home.

Doing this type of thing as you start out will help develop your own style.


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Mar 09, 2018 08:18 |  #7

Makes a ton of sense, the beauty of photo editing and manipulation! Thanks everyone for the replies




  
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Mar 10, 2018 08:36 |  #8

Back in 1964, a gentleman by name of S.P. Martin took the trouble to develop a handy little "Nighttime Exposure Calculator." It was first published in Popular Photography. The calculator provides the proper exposure (f-stop and shutter speed) depending on the set ISO, for about 26 specific common "scenes." These scenes range from: Fireworks, brightly lit night baseball games, bright moonlit landscapes, dimly lit subway stations, Manhattan-like cityscapes, even Niagara falls at nite....etc.* In recent years it has been modified to make it more suitable for digital work. I have used it for night scenes probably since its original publishing and I have found it reliable to establish an exposure starting point.

You can download it at http://www.stacken.kth​.se/~maxz/files/jiffy.​pdf (external link). I suggest you have it printed at a Staples on high quality white card stock, then cut and assemble. It's easy to use, once assembled.

An example for your photo might be scene 6 which is for "Broadway−type, brightly lighted Main streets. For emphasis on reflections of rain−wet streets, use Scene 6." Again, just a starting point so don't forget to bracket.




  
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Mar 10, 2018 14:19 |  #9

John from PA wrote in post #18581735 (external link)
Back in 1964, a gentleman by name of S.P. Martin took the trouble to develop a handy little "Nighttime Exposure Calculator." It was first published in Popular Photography. The calculator provides the proper exposure (f-stop and shutter speed) depending on the set ISO, for about 26 specific common "scenes." These scenes range from: Fireworks, brightly lit night baseball games, bright moonlit landscapes, dimly lit subway stations, Manhattan-like cityscapes, even Niagara falls at nite....etc.* In recent years it has been modified to make it more suitable for digital work. I have used it for night scenes probably since its original publishing and I have found it reliable to establish an exposure starting point.

You can download it at http://www.stacken.kth​.se/~maxz/files/jiffy.​pdf (external link). I suggest you have it printed at a Staples on high quality white card stock, then cut and assemble. It's easy to use, once assembled.

An example for your photo might be scene 6 which is for "Broadway−type, brightly lighted Main streets. For emphasis on reflections of rain−wet streets, use Scene 6." Again, just a starting point so don't forget to bracket.

Incredibly useful, John. Very much appreciated!




  
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Mar 10, 2018 14:49 as a reply to  @ John from PA's post |  #10

Very useful, as is the advice about bracketing.


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Apr 08, 2018 19:51 |  #11

thijs and john from PA have good advice about shooting at the blue hour (~30 min after sunset) and bracketing shots to blend. Like most photography it takes
practice and patience. Keep shooting!
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