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February 9th is National Pizza Day

Friday, 2.9.18, 7pm to 9pm, at Canon Experience Center

I decided to go to a photography workshop about taking landscape photography at night. I need to improve my nighttime photography. I realize that I need to put my camera on manual when I shoot nighttime photography. But I also want to learn to use my mother old Canon. Ken Sklute provided some tips on nighttime photography, as he displayed his high tech and colorful landscape photography. In the beginning of the class, he states that today is National Pizza Day. I already ate my dinner. I will probably eat my raw vegan pizza pieces during the weekend.




Canon Explorers of Light involve working with lighting during night and day to manipulate the effects of the photograph. I noticed that he does a lot of silhouette photographs and the ISO reduces noise. Silhouette photographs require lens size 28mm to 300mm. I also notice many photographs with colorful sunsets and visual depths. Sunsets are easier to shoot than sunrise because the sky gradually gets darker. Something needs to be above the horizon. He prefers to be lower than whatever he is focusing on by lying down on the ground to shoot a picture.

Panoramic shots are created by using 16mm to 35 mm lens as well as shooting vertically. Shoot more than one frame, but don’t move your camera.

Monochrome Style is a black and white photograph.

Moon photos are created with ISO 100. When there is a sunset, the full moon rises. The best time to photograph a full moon is a day before the full moon.

The foreground is very important in a full moon photograph. It is important to surround the moon with something else in the environment to better frame it and make the photograph more interesting. I remember a full moon snapshot I took with my iPhone was taken near my townhouse, and I decided to get a part of the townhouse building in the photograph to create, Full Moon over Suburbia, which I think looked dramatic for an iPhone snapshot.

Lunar eclipse involves changing exposures.

The f/16 is used during nighttime nightlife and nightlights to create interesting and colorful effects. Such photographs require HDR and 2-minute exposures as well as point-light source to bring out the shiny stars effects on the subject, in which in his  photograph were many shiny sparkling star effects on the Brooklyn Bridge, and there was also a lighted up city in the background. The foreground was a park.

Rule of 500 involves dividing the focal length by 500 to get the shutter speed in seconds. Do a couple of them to take a couple of photographs that creates such effects. For example, 500/14 mm = 35.7 seconds, 500/16 mm = 31 seconds, and 500/24 mm = 20 seconds.

To create better focus at night, use the infinity symbol in the camera in the compensation part of the camera.

He also talks about handling dark skies and making a dark sky appear daylight by taking a photograph of a bright moonlight in a certain way.

Determining the correct exposure involves using certain f Stops with different ISO numbers to create different exposures in minutes and/or seconds. He displays his Star Trail Exposure and Milky Way Exposure, and he tells us how he got these effects.

But before you go out for a nighttime photo shoot, it is important to prepare your equipment for the night. Use fast and wide lens, know your camera controls, use a sturdy tripod, turn off autofocus, and use manual mode. There is also Bulb mode for very long exposures. Also, use white balance for daylight effect and tungsten for moonless nights. Turn off long exposure noise reduction and high ISO noise reduction.

It is also important to prepare yourself for a nighttime photo shoot. Wear the appropriate clothing and accessories, depending on the weather conditions and environmental conditions. You might bring with you some snacks, hot drinks, water, a blanket, and a sleeping bag and chair because you might be waiting for a while to shoot the right photographs at the right time; don’t use any lights because it is important to be in complete darkness and let your eyes adjust to the darkness. You might want to use a head lamp with red lens for night vision.

Look for the Little Dipper and Big Dipper.

Editing your photos later might involve using Photoshop and Lightroom.

He also adds that cactus flowers blossom at 10 pm, and he uses a 14 mm lens to capture these lovely flowers in the desert. Since he lives in Arizona, he has many photographs of desert scenes and cacti.

I added some of my snapshots.

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