Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Day 51, Learning 51: Nighttime Long Exposure Tips
There are tons of excellent "how to" articles and video on shooting at night. I won't try to summarize or top them. But there are a couple tips I don't hear very often, especially when shooting urban night images. So here's a few more thoughts for your toolbox:
Set Your White Balance to Shade. It will warm up the colors that are there. Now before I get flamed for suggesting you shoot in JPG (which I am definitely not suggesting)... set your image to shade in Lightroom.
F/11 and Above for Light Stars. Lights tend to turn into stars at about f/11. It can add a nice dynamic element to the image
Lighten/Recover in Post. In Lightroom or Camera Raw, use your recovery slider to pull the details out of the shadows and then adjust your Black slider to make sure you've got the full dynamic range. Get the details.
Darken and Tint with Gradation Tool. In Lightroom.
Sharpen and then Mask for the Sky. This one's a no-brainer, but woe to me if I forget to mention.