Night Photography

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How can I say this nicely? The night sky in New York City leaves a lot to be desired, especially if you have viewed the heavens from the deck of a container ship in the middle of the ocean. The stars, the handful that you can see over the city, don’t shine very brightly. Several hundred years ago, Venus appeared so brilliantly in the night sky that you could squeeze in a few rounds of shadow...
by Antoni Cladera
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Have you ever seen an amazing photo of the Milky Way and wondered what’s the secret behind it? Is there some magic formula that made it turn out so great? Well, there is a formula, but it’s not magic. It’s all about planning and then nailing the shot. And I’m going to help you master both. But first, I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Antoni Cladera, and I’m a professional photographer on...
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My 100 Nights project has opened my eyes in other, unexpected ways. Inspiration comes in many forms. Sometimes it’s the environment that inspires me. On this particular night, in Iceland, last March, my friend David Wilder and I had been chasing clear skies to photograph the aurora. We started off at the famous Glacier Lagoon. We...
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There is an adage that goes: “A good brush does not make a good painter.” But what if one particular brush were better for the task than others? When it comes to light painting, COAST’s “inspection beam” flashlights will certainly give the light painter a tactical advantage and, for those not painting...
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This project has been all these things so far: Nights of no sleep, nights of bone-chilling cold, nights spent under the clouds. But it could also be described as 100 nights of learning. I learn something new every time I head out for a shoot. Time-lapsing is a whole new photographic art form that I have been exploring. I can’t use techniques like focus stacking and exposure blending in the same...
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On today’s episode of the B&H Photography Podcast, we revisit our conversation with Stephen and Bette Wilkes in honor of the release of Wilkes’s great new book Day to Night, and the accompanying gallery show at the Bryce Wolkowitz...
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It should be no surprise that I’d get clouded out from time to time. And sometimes a few clouds can be very pretty. But I think I’ve already spent one hundred nights under the clouds, and 16 of them were on a three-week-long photography expedition to the Southern-most reaches of the Chilean Fjords, in Patagonia. This was the first expedition I have ever been on. Some of these places were so...
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So far, the weather is definitely the biggest challenge I’ve experienced in my 100 Nights project. So much so, that I could have called the project 100 nights of bone-chilling cold. Seriously, I keep finding new limits to the amount and duration of cold I can endure. I can’t even tell you how many nights I’ve shot in temperatures below -30° Celsius in the Canadian Rockies. But somehow, I keep...
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Making pictures by night is a curious practice. While specialists of this subject embrace it as a deep-seated passion and have a never-ending quest for technical and creative advancement, those more familiar with daytime photography are often unaware that tried and true photography rules often need to be adapted or even overlooked at night. With this in mind, consider the following tips the next...
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I still remember vividly, the first time I ever photographed the Milky Way. It was on a crop sensor camera with a kit lens, in the middle of winter. I had no composition to speak of, and the galactic core of the Milky Way was not visible at that time of year. Somehow none of that mattered: I was completely mesmerized. Seeing the cluster of stars on the back of the screen felt as if someone had...
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Intrepid adventurer Rachel Jones Ross is most in her element amid heaps of puffy snow, blooming frost flowers, skies full of stars, and methane bubbles in ice. After embarking on a psychology career, Ross fell under the spell of capturing the cosmos in awe-inspiring nocturnal landscapes that coax a delicate inner light from the...
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People gravitate to photography for a wide range of reasons—for some it’s primarily a vehicle for artistic expression, while others are drawn to photography as a science and are engrossed by its technical aspects. One increasingly popular photographic discipline that requires a careful mix of both artistic inspiration and scientific precision is night and low-light photography. While this was...
Creating Blue Hour Blends, with MissJessBess
by Jess Santos
2 months ago
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Imagine yourself in the middle of nowhere, before sunrise, there’s a quiet around you, the stars start to fade and the light of the sun begins to bring everything to life in blue hues. There’s a magical moment that happens in between day and night. Light gets softer and the glow of the sun still affects the landscape in a beautiful way. Most people underestimate this time of day, forever chasing...
by Stan Moniz
2 months ago
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It's no secret that photographing the night sky and everything astrophotography related has been a big part of my life for many years now. Staring up at the sky on a dark night is so inspiring. It's a time where I can relax, but at the same time find that creative spark that keeps me moving forward in my career as an action / adventure photographer. It just never gets old. Every year, I set a new...
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Join B&H’s Gabe Biderman as he provides tips on how to incorporate light writing into your photography. In the video, Biderman discusses camera settings, light sources, and accessories for maximizing the creative possibilities this technique offers. Read more about night photography here. Be sure to drop by BandH.com for...
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