19 Aug 2012

Why I like to take Photographs at Night!

When I am out taking photos at night I often get asked by passers by why I am "shooting in the dark"! Until I show them the pics on the LCD screen of the camera and then they are sold on the idea. ;-) But I thought it might be a good idea to illustrate the difference between the results of daytime and night-time photography.

The photo at the top of this post was taken in Tivoli (Copenhagen) about an hour after sunset on a sturdy tripod and
with a long exposure time. The result is bright saturated colours and a rather striking image of the Chinese Restaurant. Now compare that with the pic below that was taken during the day from more or less the same spot.

Dull, bland, flat, and totally boring! Just another file waiting to be deleted. But it's what most of the tourists would take home judging by how many of them were taking snaps before the sun went down and how few (almost none) were still taking any after dark had settled in. The few that were taking pics at night all had their flashes firmly on. Yuck! Worst part though were how many of the same folks had big expensive pro gear that they were essentially using as giant point and shoot fashion accessories! Haha! Do I detect a hint of gear envy creeping in? ;^)

Not that I'm against taking photographs during the day, just look around this blog and you will see a LOT that were! Just pointing out that for certain subjects, especially ones with lots of coloured lights, night-time is the right time. Just remember to take the tripod and you are good to go!


  1. I agree with you about night shots... And your example is perfect indeed !

  2. Night Photography is fun. I've found a couple of groups to go shooting with lately.

    Interesting architecture for Copenhagen?

  3. The "Chinese" style building is within the Tivoli complex. It is a large amusement park. And yes, night photography is very fun!

  4. I love night shots! I've tried it on many occasions with my little point and shoot, with the shutter speed as far down as I can get, but it's tough without a tripod and remote. Do you use a remote Lanthus? Once I get a proper DSLR then I'll be able to experiment further :)
    This picture is beautiful by the way!

  5. A P&S will work just fine as long as you can do the settings manually and stick it on a tripod. The settings are buried in menus though and can be a bit of a pain to do, but certainly not impossible. Cheaper cameras have less stuff that can be set manually, but many are doable.

    I don't use a remote release, I just set a two second delay and fire away. This raises the mirror ahead of time and also prevents shake from "mirror slap". P&S cameras don't have a mirror, so this problem doesn't exist, but the delay will help remove any vibration from pushing the shutter button down. :^)

    Glad you like the pic Phil, have a great day!