Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Night Time Challenges


This past Saturday evening found me out shooting for the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk.  If you are a photographer and have never tried it I highly recommend you sign up for it next year.  It's a great time to meet some other photographers and just a great time getting out and photographing.  This year's photowalk in Halifax coincided with Nocturne Halifax so there was a lot to see and photograph.

I found this year very challenging as it was an evening shoot and I really haven't done any night time photography.  While the principles are the same, finding the light is a different process as you generally have very little light with which to work.  Combine that with the poor low light performance of my Canon Rebel XSi and I found it very difficult.  More night time practice required!

I thought I'd give myself some more light so I pulled out my flash but I found the bright white flash really ruins the mood of night time shooting.  The warm orange glow of the fire from Incendia Motus' show was decimated by the flash.  I have some research to do around solving this issue.

Regardless of the challenges it was a wonderful, if a bit chilly, evening and I really enjoyed getting out and photographing the streets of Halifax.

2 comments:

Mike Donahue said...

It's definitely a challenge at night. I find it a lot more trial and error. A lot more deleters when you try and balance everything out with the slower shutter.

On the flip side, it does provide the opportunities sort of embrace it and get more creative with movement.

Glenn Euloth said...

I totally agree. I think I need to spend more time shooting at night. Getting a great shot will be quite rewarding!