Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Dawn And Dusk Photography
The light at dawn and dusk is magical...
The light at dawn and dusk is magical, yet the number of images taken at these times is surprisingly low. It's tough to get up extra early: After a long day of photography most photographers want to return to the motel, and exposures during these periods are long. Although the light at these times can be subtle, it has great potential. Found below are some tips and information to get you on your way to add dawn and dusk images to your files.
PREPARATION: Getting to or from your location will be done in the dark, so make sure you bring a flashlight or headlamp powerful enough to light the way. If you're with a group of other photographers, I also recommend you bring a small light to illuminate the controls on your camera as a powerful one may wreak havoc on the long exposures of your neighbor if light spills onto their composition. It's also wise to memorize the position of the controls on your camera so adjustments can be made more efficiently in the dark. Extra batteries will come in handy as the long exposures quickly drain their life. A locking cable release will help ensure sharp images as will a good sturdy tripod. Set your camera to run long exposure noise reduction so the files are clean and noise-free.
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