Last week we took a look at some ideas for indoor photography during the Holiday season so now here are a few ideas for outdoor shots especially at night-
1- Try out your different lenses or if using a point & shoot vary your zoom to compose both close ups and deeper scenes. Wide angle lenses will enable you to capture trees, other tall objects and broad street scenes while adding some interesting distortion to your photos. If that distortion bothers you and you’d like to avoid tall straight objects from curving inward, try to place them in the center of your frame. Street photography peaks at this time of year with all of the seasonal lighting.
2- To take advantage of all that decorative lighting, do this: fix your camera on a tripod, minimize your ISO setting, shoot in program mode or if you’re familiar with aperture priority try that to vary your depth of field. Lastly activate your shutter remotely or via the built in self timer. Easy, compose right and you’ll get nice shots. Questions?
3- Watch your focus. Your camera may struggle at night to lock on and focus accurately. The simple cure to this is to switch to manual focus, find a discernible “edge” within your subject and dialing carefully ’til the little green light inside your view finder comes on.
There is still a couple weeks left for this most interesting photography. Let me know if I can help answer a question and…Merry Christmas- Gordon.
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