Thursday, February 2, 2012

Put me in coach

I've been trying to get into the field more and more recently. During the week this can be difficult for me with my main job occupying so much of my time. With that being said I do most of my midweek shooting at night. As i've discussed in previous posts night shooting is something which takes some thought and actual practice. There are multiple ways to go about it but I'll narrow it down to two styles of shooting and the equipment needed. The two styles are pretty simple, hand held and tri pod mounted. If you like the freedom and mobility of hand held you're going to need a "fast" lens. Pretty much everyone preaches "fast" lenses of any type as they truly do open your possibilities in extremely low light conditions. "Fast" refers to the maximum aperture a lens is capable of. Anything under f/3.5 is considered to be "fast". If you have no idea what the hell i'm even talking about regarding aperture then let me take a few steps back. To get a properly exposed picture you have three basic settings you can adjust to get your desired exposure. The three settings are shutter speed, aperture, and ISO (sensitivity of the sensor). Going back to aperture, the lower the number the bigger the opening is in the lens, which in turn draws in more light. So a lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.4 is going to be able to draw is far more light than a lens with a maximum aperture of f/3.5. The other style of shooting at night is using a tri pod and long exposures. Using this method you dont need a fast lens whatsoever because your shutter speed is so long its drawing in plenty of light needed to properly expose. With a remote shutter release its possibly to have exposures last multiple minutes which can create some really interesting looking photos. I really enjoy trying out both styles because theyre so different and always keep you on your toes. Here are some from my most recent outing. As always, thanks for stopping by.

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