Lighting is vitally important to any form of photography but when shooting at night it becomes an absolute must have skill set. This video goes through 4 different scenarios shooting different objects with various lenses and exposure techniques. I tend to apply very similar lighting principles to most of my night photography, whether it be single shots, multiple blended exposures or even time lapse sequences.
As described in the video there are many ways to light a nightscape image but I want to focus on my two main methods here today. You can see the various lights I use listed below and they all have a particular use depending on the style and setting of the particular application. For example I nearly always use my LED Lenser P7.2 for hand held light painting as it's such a user friendly and reliable torch. I have used other brands with success as well.
The main requirement for a torch is a soft edge beam and the ability to zoom or focus the beam. The ability to "contain" light spillage is vital. Even the very small light I use on the lantern in the video has this ability. Sometimes our lights can be too bright and it's handy to have a dimming option to assist with that.
The constant lights which are commonly known as "Low Level Lighting" generally have a very wide spread of light and are therefore much better suited to environmental lighting. In the examples shown in the video these include lighting the tree in the background or providing a constant light source for a timelapse video sequence.
Again, the ability to dim the light down low is very important.
Lights used in video listed below:
Today we take a look at an image taken recently with a group of photographers under the stars. As we were shooting this awesome old Austin A30 car in a paddock, a thick fog rolled in. In a matter of minutes the sky had disappeared and we all thought we'd have to go in and abandon our adventure for the night.
Before we left we decided to get the torches out and see if we could get a "Ghostbusters" themed shot shining our torches through the fog. I think it turned out ok and I hope you get something out of the process involved in taking this type of shot.
One of the things to remember when out shooting at night is that anything can happen and you have to go with it. Conditions can change in an instant and it's always good to have some creative options in the tool kit.
These torch beam shots are quite popular and I've included a few more for your viewing pleasure from the last few years below.
My intent is to inspire you to look up and see the beauty of the night sky.