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The Benefits of Shooting at Night

By Michelle Ecker on February 06, 2017


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The Benefits of Shooting at Night

Many photographers avoid nighttime shoots for seemingly obvious reasons- it’s hard to see what you’re doing in the dark, low light performance isn’t the greatest, etc.

However, these issues are arguably ones of the past. Thanks to new camera design and the presence of user-friendly LCD screens, you can see what you’re doing regardless of time of day. Designers and camera manufactures have made significant strides in improving low light performance as well- providing you with the opportunity to take some stunning shots after sundown.

There are three key advantages to switching out of your daytime routine in favor of some nighttime shoots.

  1. Effects- There are several incredible effects you can experiment with at nighttime that don’t work as well (or at all) when the sun is up. From light trails to motion blurs, all these long shutter speed techniques offer some of the best results when executed in the dark.
  2. Consistency- During the day, one of the most frustrating issues photographers face is an unexpected weather change. You think you’re about to take the perfect shot, then some clouds unexpectedly roll in and the lighting you just accommodated is completely different. Nighttime photography provides you with a much more consistent natural canvas, lighting-wise.
  3. Convenience- Far too often, photography hobbyists swear they’ll make some time in the afternoon to head out and practice, but life gets in the way. Tons of our students have jobs during the week and are occupied with family and friends on the weekends. By using nighttime as your new timeframe in which to squeeze in some practice, you’ll likely avoid other conflicts that often cause you to postpone those afternoon shoots you’ve been meaning to fit in.

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