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Night photography tips in Cherbourg, France

Night photography tips in Cherbourg, France

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Night photography tips in Cherbourg, France

During my stay in Cherbourg-Octeville, in France, I went to take night photographs, around the “Bassin du commerce” and the top of the mountain Roule. As always, the city lights have a special charm that we want to photograph, especially in winter, the days are short.


As ideal for night photography this is the tripod and long exposure, so I set my camera on my tripod and up to 100 ISO sensitivity hoping to get beautiful images. For the shutter speed, for example the Tv / T mode rises to 30s. For long, there is a Bulb Mode (B) for exposures of several minutes, enough to make pictures in complete darkness, even at small opening. I have a remote control, but I mostly use the self-timer of the camera. I position the stabilization off because the lens stabilization will try to compensate movements that do not exist (since it is on a tripod), and thus reduce the sharpness of the image. It is sensitive enough long exposure.



Focus the night there is delicate and it is better to disengage the autofocus will skate in the dark.

Finally, let me give you my recipe:

For those who have a case with the “live view” function, I would strongly advise not only have a focus (manual) very precise zooming, but especially if you put yourself in TV mode (priority speed) you see on your screen exposure change as you turn the speed adjustment knob; and as the camera is on a tripod, no matter whether you are 1 or 10 seconds after the exposure found satisfactory, it remains only trigger, easy !



The mirror, rising causes slight vibrations that can cause a slight blur. It is very sensitive to exposures of 1 or 2 seconds, but it is much more about exposures of tens of seconds. I also activates the lock as soon as I must do long exposures. Also if I use the self-timer of the camera for two seconds or if the mirror is not raised when triggering I would tend to maximize the exposure time to minimize the effect of vibration. Indeed, proportionately the impact of vibrations (the same regardless of the exposure time) will have much less impact on a 30s laying on a laying of a second. Similarly a passerby walking will be a ghost to a pose of a second so that there is absolutely appear on a laying 30s.



Tip of the electric torch:

The flashlight is useless to treat a crop, but it is also perfect for an update. The most obvious technique is to stand behind the camera and walk the light beam on the part of the background on which you want to focus. Then, while continuing to illuminate this same place, make the focus manually looking through the viewfinder. The Live View may not be bright enough to allow you to focus without the help of a flashlight. However, the zoom function of the target by the associated screen with brings the torch provides a setting in extremely precise focus. Some boxes have a dimmer display simulating the appearance of the image with the exposure settings currently underway. Turn this feature simulation because it would darken the image and make it more difficult to do in most situations. Moreover, this is not an accurate way to assess exposure. It is better to experiment with your camera to find out which settings give the best result. Another technique is to place the flashlight on the development plan in the scene, pointing the lens. Come back to the camera and now made the focus on the light of the torch, again with the Live View if you have, then remove the torch before taking the photo.



To succeed in your night photos, I recommend using the RAW format. So if you want to correct your images, you will have much more information available, limiting the loss of quality. And feel free to use the waters for your compositions. With long exposure, the water quickly is a smooth effect that can be quite aesthetic.

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