Beginner Photography: Night

Oh man, I probably should have tried to do something more technically interesting, like astro photography. But I’m lazy! And I don’t like to go out at night! So I stayed in my regular wheelhouse (and literal house) and tried some spooky selfies in the back yard.

Here’s a page of great info on night photography: https://northrup.photo/tutorials/photography/night-photography-tutorials/

And you can see my first attempt at night photography here.

So I set up my camera on a tripod and used the app OI.Share for Olympus to remotely control my camera from my phone. I wanted to be holding a light source, so I took a wrought iron owl candle holder. Unfortunately I couldn’t get a candle to stay lit in it, so I borrowed my husband’s phone and used a flashlight app. It was brighter than I wanted, but seemingly still not bright enough to keep my shutter speed up! I shot in shutter priority and got the shutter as fast as I could to capture the image but not so slow that I was moving much. It was not easy.

One thing I didn’t anticipate was how odd the color would be. I had a light on in the yard which was yellow, and the light from the phone was more blue. It wound up doing some strange things to my skin color, but I think it may have added to the weirdness. Also, it’s almost impossible to focus the camera at night. I couldn’t see my face in the monitor, and therefore had to essentially guess where to focus the shot. Anyone have tips on how to work around that? 

 

f/3.5, 0.6 sec, ISO 1600

 

f/3.5, 0.6 sec, ISO 1600

 

f/3.5, 0.6 sec, ISO 1600

 

f/5, 4 sec, ISO 1600

 

So, the ISO is high, the shots are crazy noisy, and my face is for sure not in focus. The last one was intentionally that way, and it wound up being the one I like the most. I think I should have gone more surrealist with it. 

Are any of these successful despite their technical shortfalls? I don’t think I can objectively judge my shots anymore. 

 

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5 Responses to Beginner Photography: Night

  1. Roderick July 12, 2017 at 3:53 am #

    Nice.
    When I heard “night photography” on last week’s show my brain registered “astro photography”
    Thanks for putting me straight 🙂
    I like the last one and the first one.
    For no good reason the first one reminds me of a scene in the film, “American Werewolf In London” – (not the remake)
    Some bloke tells out heroes, “stick to the path and beware the full moon, and you’ll be alright”.
    If only they’d listened….

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      SiobhanKyle July 12, 2017 at 9:03 am #

      Yeah, the topic was night/astro photography, so I went for one 🙂

  2. SteveWaller July 12, 2017 at 4:35 am #

    ditto I thought astro which I have never managed successfully and its been overcast here all week. Hopefully it wont be raining tonight because I have an idea now… actually I have another idea if it is raining. Thanks! 🙂
    I like your last two shots the best.

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      SiobhanKyle July 12, 2017 at 9:04 am #

      Yeah, the topic is night/astro, I can’t do astro in the city!

  3. SteveWaller July 13, 2017 at 9:23 am #

    It was still light at 10:30pm last night so I failed to get a photo – just too tired! I will have to submit one I took last year.

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