Friday, January 27, 2012

Florida Photo Caravan 10th Shoot: South Beach

© Rick Sammon
Last night's South Beach shoot started with the focus on nighttime photography.

I encouraged the students to work with reflections, as illustrated above.

– The best time for nighttime photography is actually not at night, but at dusk, when lights come on and when there is still a bit of light in the sky.
– Use a sturdy tripod and a ball head for maximum flexibility.
– Go wide when it comes to lenses. (See all my gear here.)
– Use a low ISO to minimum noise.
– To streak tail lights, experiment with different slow shutter speeds, maybe between 5 and 20 seconds.
– Watch for noise and reduce it in Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw.
– Watch out for cars! Safety first.

Explore the light,


Lennyd said...

Nice shot Rick but the buildings are leaning backwards. Why not use the lens correction filter in Photoshop ? Sorry but wide angle distortion and keystoning is a pet peeve of mine. It's so easy to fix yet most photographers don't even notice the problem - even the pros !

Rick Sammon said...

Lenny... Sometimes, I feel as though it's good (and fun) to "embrace the distortion." But up to the photographer for sure.

Lenny said...

I agree Rick but are there times when you don't want to see wide angle distortion in your photos ? If so can you tell us your methods for correcting it ? Do you ever use a tilt/shift lens ?

Rick Sammon said...

Lenny... yes. I use Photoshop: Transform Perspective.