Get inspired by this gallery of city night shots to enter your best ones in the upcoming contest topic starting on Monday the 22nd of July. You can submit them here.
Cities are wonderful places for creative night images.
Going outside into the darkness long after the sun has set is fascinating. Once it gets dark the artificial lights come on: street lamps, car lights, buildings, signs, all create many opportunities for amazing photos. One discovers the soul of the city in an entirely “new light”.
Night time cityscape photography has a special charm giving your images a unique feeling, mood and expression.
Shooting in the dark may sound challenging but it is not impossible.
The toughest challenge is to take freeze-frames. It's a hard task for your camera. Crank up the ISO and set a fast aperture to be able to shoot hand-held. Understand that you will end up with a shallow depth of field and most probably digital noise. The newer cameras produce less noise but still be prepared to do some noise reduction while processing.
If you want to take night shots using long exposures to capture the available light, the lower ISO and smaller aperture will reduce the noise and give a nice depth of field. A tripod will be needed to accomplish this.
Keep in mind that the most important thing when going out at night in the city is to stay safe.
Rediscover your surroundings and give your imagination free reign. Try those moody low-light shots, you might be amazed by the material you come home with.
Look at the following compilation of stunning night shots by 1x members to be inspired.
Let the magic flow and give it a go !!!