Stefano Gardel Captures the Pervading Darkness in London

All images by Stefano Gardel. Used with Creative Commons Permission.

There’s something about cities at night that get photographers prowling the streets in search of stories. Sometimes it’s the seemingly alternate world that comes to life when the sun sets and the city lights bathe everything in a different glow. Maybe it’s the way everything and everyone slows down and unwinds, making it easier to catch them unguarded for a candid moment. But for Switzerland-based fine art photographer Stefano Gardel, the darkness that envelopes the streets of London at night is particularly intriguing.

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Shooting Night Photography with Kodak Portra: Things to Consider

Doing night photography or shooting in low light is pretty easy when you’re using digital gear, but it’s certainly more challenging to do when you choose to work with film. Going blind and shooting unprepared with a film camera has been the source of frustration for many who are just getting into it. The good news is, you don’t have to.

With tons of learning resources that you can now find online, you can save yourself the heartache of badly shot night photos and wasted films. One such example is UK-based film photography website Negative Feedback, which feeds your curiosity about shooting film through their short videos. Continue reading…

Get Stunning Starry Photos with this Easy Astrophotography Tutorial

Been wanting to shoot beautiful, long exposures of the starry night sky but don’t know where to start? The folks from Mango Street have shared some quick and easy tips to usher you into astrophotography.

If you’ve ever drooled over those stunning snaps of a clear night sky peppered with stars, you’d probably be thrilled to know that you can get those photos, too. All you need to do is to plan a shoot on a cloudless night, find a nice spot to camp away from the city lights, equip your camera with a wide angle lens (a 24mm f/1.4 will do great), a tripod, a cable release, have the energy to pull an all-nighter (you’ll want to experiment), and watch this astrophotography primer.

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Review: Zeiss 75mm f1.5 Biotar – the LEGENDARY Original Version

When a door closes, a window opens. I was expecting to be loaned an M-mount lens, or at the very least, a lens with an M-mount adapter. Instead, what I received from the UPS delivery man was an Exakta-mount lens with a Sony E-mount adapter.

Exakta? I haven’t seen one of those since high school? I guess I won’t be shooting with a Leica M10.

The specific lens I was loaned was a Zeiss 75mm f1.5 Biotar (circa 1939 to 1960), which just happened to also be the same lens Oprema used to base the design of their new 75 Biotar. In case you haven’t heard, Oprema is the company that’s bringing back the 75 Biotar. They asked me if I was interested in writing about it. I accepted the opportunity, because I was curious. When I first heard the announcement, I was going to invest in an M-mount version of this legendary lens. But then, I discovered on eBay how much of a premium legendary demanded, and thus quickly came back to my senses.

Oddly in this case, legendary also meant the lens I was loaned came attached with a Sony E-mount adapter? That was completely unexpected. But then, it didn’t matter. In the end, it worked out all the same… opening doors with a full frame Sony.

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Quick Tips to Take Your Fireworks Photos Beyond The Basics

Screenshot taken from the video.

The 4th of July is upon us and that means many of you will be making your way to public gatherings to view and capture some stunning imagery of the show. As we have pointed out in a previous post, the actual act of shooting fireworks is quite simple, both from a settings and gear perspective. But as we know, many times just doing the basics of something can lead to basic results. So, if you think you want to take your fireworks images beyond the basics this year, you are in the right place. Continue reading…

Franck Bohbot Tells Stories Of The New Orleans Night Scenes

All images by Franck Bohbot. Used under a Creative Commons License. 

While many photographers choose to shoot beautiful images bathed in an abundance of light in the day or chasing the golden hour, Franck Bohbot chooses to be different in his latest photography project titled “Inside the Night”, as he explores and shoots the night life of New Orleans.

Franck Bohbot emphasizes the difference of life and people during night time, hence he takes the role of a keen observer of the real and unposed scenes inside bars, restaurants, and clubs in New Orleans. Being the photographer, he is the witness of what happens in those places and he has stories to tell in each image captured. Franck uses a Leica and a 28mm lens and he shoots everything in available light.  Continue reading…

Mikko Lagerstedt’s Invisible by Day Series Will Make You Want To Stay Up Tonight

All Images By Mikko Lagerstedt. Used with Permission. 

“Certain aesthetics appeal to me when I shoot at night. It’s a lot about the mystery of long exposures.” Mikko Lagerstedt, a Finland-based night photographer, tells the Phoblographer. Lagerstedt’s series Invisible by Day focuses on some of the beauty of this world that is unseen during the daylight hours. “When you photograph at night, you can capture a particular atmosphere to your photos. At night, everything looks different, and it inspires me to capture unique looking landscapes.”

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Night Photography – 12 Essential Techniques

This is a syndicated blog post from Sebastian Boatco. It and the images here are being used with permission.

I often discuss with my friends about the tips and tricks in all kind of photography fields. It is good to share your knowledge within a group of photographers. “Let the envy go away and act like a true member of a growing family of photographers”, I say. Each one has its own vision and original concepts and it is very profitable to share some of the techniques you have, based on your own experiences, which most of them were acquired on a trial and error approach. We often make our own mistakes, even if we were taught about them in the first place. It is good to make mistakes in photography – this is the most powerful way to learn, for good, the correct ways.

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Cheap Photo: Night Photography Unlocked with Some Killer Lens Savings

Thursday has been a big day for Fujifilm shooters with the announcement of the X-T2, a new lens roadmap and the upcoming X-Pro2 firmware update. But let’s not forget about what really matters, saving cash on things you can actually buy right now, and today we have a killer highlight deal on night photography education, as well as some new additions to our major deals tracker.

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10 Ways to Immediately Rejuvenate Your Photography


We are all leading busy lives. So, finding time to dedicate to our photography can be a real challenge. But if we have any hope of improving our skills as a photographer, we need time and a reason to practice. Photographers get better by making photographs, over and over again. Most of them don’t have to be stellar images. What’s important is that the practices of seeing, composing and editing our images help us to develop important skills. Don’t wait for that  vacation or a workshop you’ve scheduled for this summer. Try some of these simple and straight-forward suggestions today.

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Chris Bakley’s Photos of the Night Sky at the Jersey Shore Will Captivate You


All images owned by Chris Bakely. Used with permission

Chris Bakely is a photographer that hails from the Jersey Shore. Normally when many folks think about the area, they associate it with the MTV show. But indeed, there is a lot more to it. Chris believes that the night sky out there goes too unnoticed; and his photos seem to have us agreeing. Chris started photographing around two years ago with a point and shoot. Then became obsessed with capturing night scenes.

“When I am out there under the night sky everything else just disappears, no past, no future, no worries, no problems, just the moment and that is exactly what I am looking to capture and share in my photographs!” says Chris.

His photos are after the jump.

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Night Photography Essentials: Must-Have and Must-Do


All images in this post were created by Matt Hill and used with permission.

Have you been intrigued by all of those mind-bending night photography photos? C’Mon. You know you are. Was it the star trails? Was it the fire? Was it the soft, velvety water or the Milky Way galaxy laid out in front of you? If any or all of these are your goal, must first master the fundamentals.

My co-teaching partner, Gabriel Biderman, and I have been teaching night photography workshops for four+ years. I’ve been shooting at night for over 20 years. What keeps bringing me back is the endless possibilities of how you can play with time in a single photographic frame. Much like “the old days” you can do everything in-camera during a single exposure. It’s fascinating to experiment with what is possible and I’ll share more about what I’ve been doing lately after the tutorial and share an opportunity to learn with us at upcoming workshops.

In this primer I’ll cover these areas: Basic Gear & Getting One Good Exposure

Editor’s Note: This is a guest blog post from photographer Matt Hill

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Martin Stavars’ Black and White Cityscapes Will Leave You Speechless


All images shot by and used with permission from Martin Stavars

Martin Stavars is a born in 1981 in Czestochowa, Poland and has always been fascinated with landscapes. Martin specializes in black-and-white cityscapes, landscapes, and night photography and he has travelled around the world photographing cities. The photographs have won him many awards and they are now published in his book, “Megalapolis.

Beautiful can’t begin to describe Martin’s work as the images hold elements of both simplicity and complexity due to the compositions. When you look at them, the words ghostly, beautiful, hypnotic, and dreamy come to mind. Take a look at the rest of his work after the jump. Also be sure to check out Neutral Density magazine, where Martin is the Managing Editor.

Martin uses a Canon 5D Mk II with Canon 17-40mm f4 L and 24-70mm f2.8 L lenses. Plus he totes around a Hasselblad 503cw with Hasselblad 40mm f/4 Distagon lens. Lastly he always uses ND and GND filters.  He also always needs a tripod. “My photographs are available in limited editions on Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl paper, their sizes ranging from 12”x12” to 40”x40”. Printed with Epson 11880.” states Martin.

Via Photography Blogger


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Getting the Right Flashlight for Light Painting

Have you ever had the urge to take gallons of colored paint and throw them at inanimate objects? If so, then you are in good company because I would love to do that too. Since defacing national monuments or other ancient forest artifacts is frowned upon, I decided to use flashlights instead. Amazingly, the results are pretty good when carefully done.

But before you go out and get yourself arrested for destruction of public treasures, read this and find a way to satisfy that inner child with a box of virtual crayolas and not have to clean up when you are done. Interested?

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Field Review: Sony A55 (Day 5)

Using the A55 at night was probably the most fun I’ve had with the camera. The large, bright external screen was easily visible in low light which made framing a snap. Also, it allowed for a much more stable shooting position. I could pull my elbows into my body and hold the camera low to create a very solid and stable shooting platform. This shooting stance, along with the in body stabilization, allowed me to get clean images with shutter speeds as low as 1/5 of a second. Click through to see how the A55 manged in the dark.

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