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Berlin Night Photography – Lessons Learned

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You tend to think you always know how to do something or at least have an idea of how it should be done until you are put to the test. Admittedly I haven’t been practising much night photography lately (as I have been concentrating on capturing more daytime images) and the proof was in the photos I was taking. I was shown the science behind taking sharp and creative photos recently by a professional photographer while on A long weekend in Berlin.

Reichstag Building - Berlin's parliamentary and government building

Reichstag Building – Berlin’s parliamentary and government building

The organiser of the four day photography workshop I attended explained it to me in detail and guided me through the process. Looking back on it now it is so important to understand exposure and what camera settings to use to produce the perfect ingredients for night images.

Luckily I had the right equipment with me to start off with….a tripod, to keep the camera nice and steady (to be able to obtain sharp and crisp photos) and a remote shutter release to reduce unnecessary vibrations.

I set my camera to manual mode (to have better control) and used a very low ISO setting with a shutter speed of about 30 seconds. The remote shutter release really came in handy at this point. I then played around with the aperture between f4 to f10 depending on whether I was opting for a wide aperture or not.

Brandenburgh Gate - This used to be a symbol of a divided city where Berliners would climb to get a glimpse of the outside world. This used to separate people from the East to the Western part of Berlin

Brandenburgh Gate – This used to be a symbol of a divided city where Berliners would climb to get a glimpse of the outside world. This used to separate people from the East to the Western part of Berlin

Practising zoom bursts

Practising zoom bursts

There you have it! Don’t worry, we’ll master this thing called night photography one day and won’t need to worry so much about the technical aspect but rather focus on being super creative. For me the most important factors are having the tripod and remote shutter release. To then set the camera to manual and play around with the aperture and shutter speed to get the desired affect that you’re looking for.

Peace and love,

 

 

“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”

— Marc Riboud

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Author: Sóla Snapshot

Photographer and blogger - Street | Architecture | Travel My photographic adventures, whether close to home or far away. Lover of good food, dogs (even though I don't have one yet), orangutangs and travelling the world.

4 thoughts on “Berlin Night Photography – Lessons Learned

  1. Your photos came out lovely. Night photography is something I still have to work on

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    • Aww thank you very much Janaline! A few of my friends who are full fledged photographers also said they too struggled with taking photos at night at the start of their a careers. I guess it’s just one of those aspects of photography that may take some time to master. I hope you’re enjoying your journey so far 🙂

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  2. that is nice to see 😉

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