Aug 19 2008

Capturing The Creatures Of The Night – Night Photography

Published by at 6:01 am under General

Night photography is a little more difficult than daytime photography in that you have less light sources to use to make sure that the picture is captured properly. You also have the problem of camera shake which will cause your picture to blur. Let us look at a few of these terms in order to understand night photography a little greater.

How A Photograph Is Captured

The film used to create your photograph is coated in a substance which is sensitive to light. Once you click the button to take the photograph you’re opening the lens to allow the light to come in. This light and the substance on the film react and, in effect, the photograph is actually burned onto the film.

Day Photography

By using the above explanation, you can say that the lighter the scene is, the shorter the amount of time you need the lens open. The more you leave it open, the more the light will burn the film which will result in your photograph being over-exposed or too white.

Night Photography

Again by using the above explanation on how photographs are captured you can say that the darker the scene is, the longer you need the lens open. This is because it will take longer for the light to burn the film. Your body characteristically shakes and because the lens is open for so long this can cause ‘camera shake’.

Camera Shake

Ever thought you had taken the perfect photograph, only to get it back and it is blurry? This is due to camera shake which is caused by your body shivering while the lens is open when you take the photograph. As you are not holding the film steady the light source is moving, burning the film and creating a blurry image. This is easy to fix by using a tripod, which is a must in night photography.

Shutter Release Cables

These cables are required if you do not require any camera shake. They attach to the button you use in taking the picture and will ensure that the camera is spotlessly steady when the lens is open, taking care of that malevolent blur that will appear in your night photography. Of course, you still have to have the camera steady by using a tripod or setting it down on something which isn’t moving.

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