howto – why I love night photography, and why you should too (part iv)

 

howto - why I love night photography, and why you should too (part iv)

  hey friends ! after the long period of posting the only on film taken photographs series, i feel that i have to return back to one of my favorite kind of photography - low light condition photography or in another words - night photography. "in my previous posts" i said everything about the reasons of this interest (even the real love should have no reasons), so today i would like to talk about "howto" - how to shoot in deep darkness with an only spots of a weak light. as usual i use a fast lenses for my night walks. mostly it's Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art lens or Canon 50mm with the same max available aperture. some time ago my only set for this kind of shots was f/1.4, ISO 1600 or 3200 and auto shutter speed. but once, when i walked with Ricoh GR1s with ISO 400 film, i took a few night scenes with built it f/2.8 lens of this camera and got very interesting results which changed my main configuration. i decided to change aperture priority to shutter speed priority and to forget about f/1.4, because with less fast shutter i can use lower than 1.4 aperture and to have longer hyperfocal distance. plus i found that for better results i have to compensate an exposure to around one stop with the goal to bring more light to my frames. of course i understand that for every specific camera and taste this may be different and may be detected only with an experiments. the shutter speed i use for my night walks is around 1/30-125, very occasionally more fast but mainly in this window of speed. i don't look for the perfectly frozen moving objects - i choose the speed of my camera shutter by my vision how long and blurred the trace of this object i would like to get. enjoy the low light and ask me if you need some help...      these two images after which I changed my night photography camera set - taken on Film with Ricoh GR1s   howto - why I love night photography, and why you should too (part iv)         howto - why I love night photography, and why you should too (part iv)         howto - why I love night photography, and why you should too (part iv)    F-stop 1.8, shutter 1/125, compensation +0.5, focal length 35mm, ISO3200         howto - why I love night photography, and why you should too (part iv)    F-stop 2, shutter 1/125, compensation 0, focal length 35mm, ISO3200         howto - why I love night photography, and why you should too (part iv)    F-stop 2, shutter 1/45, compensation +0.5, focal length 35mm, ISO3200         howto - why I love night photography, and why you should too (part iv)    F-stop 2, shutter 1/60, compensation +0.5, focal length 50mm, ISO3200         howto - why I love night photography, and why you should too (part iv)    F-stop 3.5, shutter 1/45, compensation +0, focal length 50mm, ISO3200         howto - why I love night photography, and why you should too (part iv)    F-stop 2, shutter 1/125, compensation -0.5, focal length 50mm, ISO3200          howto - why I love night photography, and why you should too (part iv)    F-stop 2.8, shutter 1/60, compensation +1, focal length 50mm, ISO3200          howto - why I love night photography, and why you should too (part iv)    F-stop 2.8, shutter 1/180, compensation +0.5, focal length 50mm, ISO3200          howto - why I love night photography, and why you should too (part iv)    F-stop 1.4, shutter 1/125, compensation +0.5, focal length 50mm, ISO3200          howto - why I love night photography, and why you should too (part iv)    the only image in this series when i used manual settings and Asahi 50mm lens F-stop 1.4, shutter 1/500,   compensation 0, focal length 50mm, ISO800      

10 Replies to “howto – why I love night photography, and why you should too (part iv)”

    1. thank you Paula that you’re always reading and taking a look on the content of my posts.
      i never use the fully manual Exposure technique only if the lens is manual or when this is fully manual film camera 😉

  1. Hi Victor.
    Have you ever shot with cinestill 800? I’m on a night shoot in Liverpool tomorrow with a Nikon FE, aperture priority. Just wondered if you had a tip or two? I’ll have to meter using the camera
    Thanks
    Steve

    1. hey Steve ! thank you for asking ! i bought Cinestill 800 in Munich one month ago but have not tried it yet. really sorry that cant help 😉 but sure there is some info on Google and check this recent video taken in Hong Kong about a few photographers challenged with Cinestill 800 120 at night https://youtu.be/BQSxt8VhvQY
      hope this can help a little bit

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