Digital Photography can make Night Shots a real horror especially the low end point and shoot cameras and Mobile Phone Cameras due to grainy noises. Those who are not aware what are these noise we are speaking about, the specific article on Noise in Digital Photography can help them to understand the issue. We started with a flaw of Digital Photography on this guide on Night Photography, but definitely Night Photography is a special need, that can create beautiful and memorable shots. Night Photography is itself a dedicated part of photography in low light conditions, such as at dusk and nightfall. The images will be taken by an exposure time of a few seconds to minutes.
Basics of Night Photography in Digital Photography Age
Dusk, the time which is also poetically known as blue hour, at that time there is already a grown quite dark, but by the low light, the sky is kind of clear blue color and still has a distinct tint. For recordings made after dusk the sky is however only black and featureless. Problems in the night photography is the same as in other fields of photography topics but exaggerated too much revealing the weakness. Night photography can cause overexposure of individual objects with impact on the overall picture Blur produced by a lack of stable surface or tripod and add noise as depicted above.
To avoid over-exposure various bracketing should be done to determine the optimal exposure for the subject. Thus, the over-exposure can be reduced to a minimum. Disadvantage of this method is, of course the over-exposure can not be completely eliminated.
When using a tripod, it should be placed on firm and strong ground to avoid yielding of the soil during the shooting. Also should the wind conditions are important, as this could also result in vibrations while taking shot. Best shooting can be done with a remote control or with the delayed timer. This avoids vibration produced by pressing the shutter button down.
Unfortunately, tips are non existing for low end point and shoot camera and specially mobile cameras.
Digital Photography and Night Shots : Advanced Tips
With long exposures, particularly when shooting at night, due to the long exposure time and the small amount of light, increased image noise is inevitable. Many digital cameras have a noise-reduction filter that can be used when shooting at night. The built-in filter reduces noise and provides better images.
Now the Flash part, that is the most important part which shows up a shop suddenly claiming as pro photographer suppliers and real pro photographers. Claimed but fake pro burns the minute details of face with hard flash light. Contrary to the belief, portraits at occasion like wedding are best taken without External Flash as normally the ambient light is sufficiently present. It is quite obvious that even if Flash is required, it must be indirect and reflected, never direct, but pre shutter release small Flash can be used to avoid red eyes. It is obvious that a metering addon and numerous Flash units are mandatory for the best result.
If mess already happened, i.e. the shot has been bad, as the moment can not be taken back or rather there is no real Time Machine, making it mono or Black and White during post processing sometime reduces some defects.
Taking Night Shots as a part of Digital Photography can be very pathetic. This is is because of huge color variation in dresses, mixture of Indian Traditional and Western dresses, sparkling dresses and wearings, abnormal source of light. A good (rather bad) example is here :
Practically all kind of aberrations, artifacts can be seen in the above image. The definite solution is two – using a very high quality DSLR with good prime lens plus optical filters and side by side using an old good Film SLR.
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