Today I’m sharing my secrets on how to do street photography at night . This is absolutely magical here in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. I want to share with you night photography tips and tricks. That we’re gonna talk about three different things.
The first one’s gonna be like a kind of camera setting for street photography at night. So can you set up your camera for the different effects at night and the second one’s gonna be super short on gear.
Then I want to talk to you about actually different concepts of different ideas. That you can shoot in the streets at night because it’s at all different worlds.
Let’s get down to the street and start. But I have to say its always a bit scary to go shoot at night not just for safety reasons but your camera is gonna suffer a lot in terms. You’re gonna push the dynamic range as much as possible.
All right setting wise it totally depends on what you’re going for.
Camera Settings For Street Photography At Night
First of all, if you’re going for something very traditional where you want to freeze the action remember that you want to set your minimum sort of speed maybe a bit lower this time.
Because it’s nighttime and you don’t want to be pushing too much to camera high in the eye. Maybe 125th of a second might be good or even lower if you’re shooting still subjects.
I personally shoot mainly an aperture priority with that minimum so the speed or actually at night I shoot a lot in manual. Because sometimes when it’s not moving I want to keep my eye so super low not to introduce too much noise.
I’m gonna have a low ISO and also a slow shutter speed but if it’s not moving, no problem. If it’s like food like that is moving a lot well I want to shoot like 250 of a second which is not going to be a problem simply because there are so many lights around here.
If you’re going for long exposure you know with the trail of lights of the car feels kind of epic shot. You are gonna be bringing your shutter speed fair low.
You want to be shooting in manual and maybe shooting between five and thirty seconds. Really to get all those trails of light in terms of aperture for me it’s very simple. I go as low as possible.
So like two-point eight one point four, if I can my goal, is to get as much light as possible in the lens. Simply because I don’t want to crank up the ISO too much.
I know like when it’s too grainy and some cameras really behave badly in low-light. So you want to have an aperture as low as possible on your lens.
On the top of saving your eyes so you also actually get an awesome bokeh and for me that that’s also always like I love this buttery smooth bokeh.
That’s absolutely amazing. Now my life steps on the staring part are going to be like underexposed a little bit maybe minus 0.3. Simply because you want to protect a bit the highlights.
Because, for example, you see that sharp right here behind me that actually a print press. When you’re gonna shoot it there is so much difference between the outside.
Which are radar and the inside which is very bright? If you underexpose a little bit you’re sure not to overexpose the inside.
Gears of Street Photography At Night
There is one thing and one thing only you should remember. And that one thing is the most important item you’re gonna have in your bag is going to be the lens. Now a lot of people might tell you if the gear is not that important.
I can tell you the length is gonna change everything in night photography in the streets .so what you want? You to want a prime lens for example with the smallest aperture possible.
Something like 1.2,1.4,1.8,2.0,2.8 anything below 2.8 is gonna be great. There are a few reasons behind that. The first one is you want to be saving your sensor. You don’t want to be cranking up your eyes or too much.
Number two reasons are actually to get what I love and it’s the bouquet. The really buttery smooth background bouquet at nighttime with lights in the background.
It just gets absolutely beautiful and smooth. So now as I mentioned you want to shoot at the very shallow aperture and actually this is what a lot of photographers used.
For example, the one who does like neon light shots at night. They use a very shallow aperture that way the neons are very buttery. It just creates a very nice ambiance in the background.
Personally, like any length like that is my go-to right now I’m on 1635 2.8. If I were if I could I would be on 24mm 1.4 .I’m telling this would be the bomb. Now if you don’t have the money for those lenses 15mm 1.8 will cost you nothing and will do Marvelous for your photography.
What kind of tripod do I use?
90% of the time I don’t use a tripod. The reason is that it’s big bulky to carry. I do take it but mostly in nature shots, they are super practical whenever you want to do a long exposure.
But if I’m not doing like pure long exposure in thein nature I’m not taking the big tripod. I’m taking the small one in the city and there’s always a table ground something somewhere where you can put your camera.
Just put your backpack on the ground put your camera on the backpack that works really well.
let’stalk about ideas alright in terms of ideas there are so many things you can do well, first of all, we can go for the small with ambient light where you can shoot you know like the torque shadows people being lit up with just one little light I really loved those shots
they’re always great now there are also something a bit more modern where people use neon lights they used my Sarah in the background this is very trendy right now to get those likes portrait shots so maybe find a friend get those shots or if you really skill shoot strangers but that gets really difficult to get something super nice in my opinion another one is
basically use reflection another one is where I got super scary and messy another one uses reflection guys it’s very simple all right another one use reflection guys if it rains and at night on the street, it looks really beautiful because there is a lot of reflection it’s really cool it’s a video why are you from China no reflection for what they Spain alright reflection and also play with the bokeh you’ve got the small lights in the background and when you sit at the shallow aperture it just looks so
beautiful this is something you can really be using and you Advent it now remember to get street photography and that nighttime is anymore is all about thinking in your environment what are you going for the small sweets or are you going for the epic shots of the buildings that’s something else you could do totally go for remember to try to sink into
your environment if you’re going for architectural like really spend time looking at giving for the small sweet be sure you just sit here spend five minutes and look at what’s happening what people are doing and you are and train your eye to actually sees those little moments even without shooting that’s gonna help a lot because you’re gonna have an idea of what you want to shoot and then it’s gonna be easier it’s not like daytime where you can just grab the camera and like like like like like like like should two on the charts and they’re all gonna be sharp no here it gets a lot more
tricky so remember use the minimumshutter speed for what you’re doing andyou’re gonna have a blast guys get outthere go shoot many nine-person of yourshots might be crap but go for the oneperson really go for it in case you’rewondering why I had those headphones allthe time with me while I was shootingit’s because just before I didn’t havetoo much the
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