Notes: Night Photography and Lights

Notes: Digital Night and Low-Light Photography

Standard lens: 35mm = 40-60mm mark, equates to angle of view of the human eye. MINE = 20mm fixed lens (40mm 35mm equivalent). Fast lens… (pg. 14)

Bracketing and exposure compensation: bracketing one correct exposure, one under and one over. Exposure compensation settings – allowing up to five stops exposure compensation above and below the correct exposure in 1/3 stop increments. BRACKETING is usually a better system for exposure control. (pg. 28)

  • I didn’t know these were separate techniques. I will have to read the advanced manual!!

Bracketing/ white balance compensation: You can bracket the White Balance in the same way as the exposure. Increases the values in increments of 10mmired (Micro Reciprocal Degrees). (pg. 29)

  • Did not know about this setting either. Will need to check the camera.

Colour temperature: The perceivedcolour depends on – lighting conditions of the time, height of the sun, surroundings, and atmospheric conditions while outside. The artificial light and the colour of any reflective surfaces while inside. (pg. 36)

Colour temperature artificial: If you think there is a colour cast in your scene, ask yourself if it adds or detracts from the image. Take some test shots and look at your LCD display if you’re not sure. (pg. 38)

Analysing images: Review images, giving you some idea of whether the shot is correctly exposed, framed, and focused. Histogram. (pg.48)

Night photography: Buildings: Do a series of shots using each white balance setting to see which one works the best. If you shoot in RAW you only need to use Auto, as other modes critical colour judgements in the comfort of your own home. Floodlit buildings = difficulty, parts in shadow and other areas brightly lit. Use spot-meter or take a reading from the sky midtones. To stop flare from light use lens hood. (pg. 120)

Night photography: Mixed lighting: One major dilemma when correcting mixed light sources is which colour cast to eliminate. Eliminate one and you may add a colour cast elsewhere. EG add extra blue to remove a warm cast of tungsten lighting, but any daylight present will go bluer…. It may be best to leave mixed colour casts alone, as these add extra saturation and vibrancy to a picture anyway. (pg. 124)


Gartside, T. (2006) Digital Night and Low-Light Photography. (First Edition) United Kingdom: Ilex Press Limited

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