The dark nights are with us but this gives us chance to try our hand at trying new types of photography, especially with Bonfire night here.
When digital cameras first came out I was unsure for quite a while whether they were a good thing, but night photography is something that even the simplest camera is good at - and most shots can be done in full auto mode.
Although we run very enjoyable night course classes around historic Lincoln, here are a few tips to trying it for yourself.
The good news is that most digital cameras are very successful just leaving them in their fully auto mode,, but you can set them in the night mode in the scene setting if you want to.
First make sure you hold the camera steadily (Camera handling is the most important first lesson on our courses).
Don’t be afraid to lean against a wall or lamp post or anything that keeps you still.
You can use a tripod or a mono pod, (which is easier to carry and very cheap now) but do try even without one.
Secondly, what are you going to take?
Anything that is lit up is the answer as you are photographing light and reflections, not the dark as our examples show. Don’t worry about rain, the shots are far better with all the shiny reflections in your photos. Even puddles in the dark look mysterious.
Bonfire Photos- digital makes these easier than in the past, but try your camera in auto, making sure the flash is off, if you just want to get the firework itself. The effects can vary from pretty to incredibly weird, but it is all good fun and digital costs you nothing to experiment with.
Don’t forget to look at what else is happening at the bonfire. Crowds lit up by the fire look wonderful and put the flash on if you are photographing your children with their sparklers or eating their hot dogs.
Go on, have a go, you will enjoy it and should get some great pictures.