Night Photography

by William Lulow

Making photographs at night would seem to be a contradiction in terms, but since there is quite a bit of light in the city at night, it is easier than it sounds. The first thing you need is someplace to secure your camera so that it doesn’t move. A tripod works really well for this. You can also use a sandbag or a small clamp that will support the camera. You can also use a higher ISO speed in order to use faster shutter speeds. Sometimes this is not acceptable if you intend to make big prints, but it just might suffice if you just need web quality shots. The other piece of equipment I like to use is a spotmeter. I can get a reflected reading from the brightest highlight in the scene and usually come up with exposures that are right on the money.

This image of the city at night was made from a rooftop where I was able to find a suitable ledge to place the camera for stability. It was made at ISO 1600, f/2.8 at 1/13th of a second.