As the sun sets down, the twilight drifts into the clouds of colored reflections between the pink and the orange that give our landscapes a very impressive effect.
Most photographers collect “weapons and luggage” and soon after the sunset they return to their hotel while at nightfall there is a unique light effect that should not be missed for any reason in the world!
Immediately after the dusk comes the so-called “Blue Hour“: for about 30 minutes, the world is immersed in unreal blue light that gives us the ability to take unique images.
After getting these fascinating impressions, it’s worth taking a stroll to the city. Neon lights, streetlights, traffic lights and other sources of artificial light give the streets a fascinating and romantic perspective that we can capture with our camera. Of course you will need the stand and a lot of patience. Long shutter speed are crucial, 2 or 10 seconds self-timer and I recommend you try different Diaphragm / Time combinations to get the most desired result.
However, not all cities are sure to stroll through the night with a photographic, easel and fantasy camera! I advise you to know well about the neighborhoods you want to visit to avoid being in unpleasant situations without being prepared.
1: Night City Shots:
To capture the true soul of a city at night, you should look for a panoramic spot at the top. Very easily looking for it out of the center, for example, on a hill tower, a skyscraper or a TV antenna. Mount the camera firmly on a tripod and select a few seconds exposure time. You will thus get the motion of the car headlights during the night.
2: Silhouette in contrast to a dramatic sky:
It’s not a real Holiday without making classic photos at sunset. But it often happens that the results are not as they were to our eyes at the time of shooting. Very often, the images look boring, flat and colorless.
I give you a simple makeup to make the composition of the image more interesting: use the silhouettes in contrast to the sky.
In this example, the backlight effect makes the small chapel with its jagged image much more dimly and interestingly.
You can likewise take advantage of your travel partner or tourist guide by putting it in front of the sun to counteract the sunset.
To make the picture even more spectacular, I recommend doing tests with different “White Balance” choices. So you get the chance to make the colors warmer and give it a more romantic atmosphere.
3: City at night:
At night, cities are transformed, with their lights and colors, into a completely different world. Obviously disturbing objects such as a crane, scaffolding, or unhealthy buildings pass automatically into the background. What really attracts attention is highlighted by street lighting.
Each place has well lit illuminations that are particularly interesting at night such as fountains illuminated by reflectors or churches and markets.
When you go to “hunt” special photo at night, I recommend, do not forget your loyal stand, and if you own it, a flexible click (otherwise use the camera’s self-timer to avoid vibrations).
4: Little Light Source:
If you do a night-time tour, I suggest you not forget something really important: your own source of light. Even city lights are often insufficient to let the camera (when it is working automatically) can be set without any problems.
Great for this purpose, a small torch led to always have the hands free and the source of light always visible. The reverse of the medal: the small led lamps are often too luminous and I can influence the perception of the meter with the reflected light on our subject. With a red plastic wrap we can overcome this disadvantage by covering the light so as not to affect the camera’s automatic settings.
Alternatively, you can always use your handy handset that you will always have at your fingertips.