night photography

On the Trail of Trail Cameras

Trail cameras are great tools for capturing close-up photos and video of wildlife remotely, without running the risk of scaring them off or sustaining personal injury. Strap a camera to a tree or post and set it to take shots automatically while you go about your business elsewhere. When you return, you’ll have great shots that would have been extremely difficult to pull off while holding the camera.

We Now Present: Jeff Cable's Greatest Hits

Is Jeff Cable a smooth, Vegas-style crooner? A flügelhorn virtuoso? A singing cowboy? Nope. Jeff is a talented photographer and an excellent public speaker, and B&H has been fortunate to have him host a number of lectures at our Event Space. Recently, it came to our attention that the YouTube videos of his presentations have racked up nearly half a million views, which is impressive, considering that most of them are well over an hour in length. We decided to mark the occasion by sharing this collection of Jeff Cable’s Greatest Hits.

Harold Davis: Creative Vision and Craft in Digital Photography

In this exciting presentation, Harold Davis will demonstrate his unique vision, which blends painstaking craft and respect for the aesthetic traditions of art and photography with an informed attitude toward the tools of digital photography and today’s latest technologies.

Night Visions

Gabriel Biderman explores the images that can be created at night when you expose for seconds, minutes, and even hours with film and digital cameras.

The Epic Battle Between Choosing Star Trails Over Star Points

One of the main reasons why photographers lug their cameras around when the sun goes down, is to capture the night sky. For a lot of us, this means leaving the bright lights of the city in search of where the stars shine the brightest. Until recently, the only way a photographer could successfully capture the night sky was with long exposures that resulted in star trails. If you wanted to capture star points, or a more celestial night, exposures needed to be less than 30 seconds. Otherwise, the earth’s rotation turned the points into trails. But with DSLRs now capable of capturing cleaner ISO output at 1600 and 3200, we are entering a new celestial era that would make Van Gogh proud! 

So whether you choose the drama of the longer star trails or the subtler star points, here are some tips to follow.

How to Photograph Lightning

Photographs of lightning aren't particularly difficult to take. It's mostly a matter of being prepared to get a good image when lightning appears.

My friend Christina Lawrie is much better at photographing lightning than I am. Here's how she does it.





Taking Photos in Available Light at Night

When traveling during holiday season, many people don't want to bring a studio's worth of gear with them. But taking pictures in low light won't always give users the most pleasing results. Here are a couple of workarounds to get better photos while carrying less gear.




Photo Adventure in Namibia: Starry Nights and Red Forests!

One of the top pro photographers at BetterPhoto.com is Jim Zuckerman, who loves to share his vision, as well as his techniques.

Digital Star Trails: A Step by Step Guide

We all know that the best parts of the shooting day are around sunrise and sunset. But you don’t have to stop when the Sun goes down. Star trails are a really fun way to make some unique images and squeeze a little more photography into your photo safari or vacation. Star trails used to be exclusive to film cameras. The high noise found in long exposures of early digital cameras made digital star trails a mess.

 

 

Put Pizzazz in Your Pics: Shoot at Twilight!

Do your pictures tend to elicit more "ho-hums" than "a-has"? One reason may have to do with the quality of light. In short, fine light adds visual impact. When planning workshops and our own personal outings, I think about the light just as much as I do about the subject.

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