Cap­ture a clas­sic view

Shoot iconic sights

NPhoto - - Night Vision -

1 Blur the wa­ter The best night-time images of­ten com­bine per­fectly still and mov­ing el­e­ments. Bod­ies of wa­ter are a re­li­able nat­u­rally mov­ing fea­ture. Long ex­po­sures have a won­der­ful ef­fect on wa­ter, trans­form­ing the sur­face into a smooth, milky, re­flec­tive sheets. Slow-mov­ing wa­ter like the river here will get smoother and glassier, while rough wa­ter takes on a misty ap­pear­ance.

2 Cre­ate star-shaped high­lights Nar­row aper­tures don’t just al­low for longer ex­po­sures and give you more depth of field, they also have an ef­fect on spec­u­lar high­lights (those lit­tle spots of in­tensely bright light) within your scene. A high f-num­ber, such as f/16, will turn bright spots into star-like shapes with pointed spikes.

3 Work out your ex­posu re Use a tri­pod and set man­ual (M) mode, and take test shots to work out an ex­po­sure. It’s al­ways worth check­ing the im­age his­togram after tak­ing a shot. A few blown-out high­lights are in­evitable, but try not to over­ex­pose the high­lights too much, oth­er­wise you’ll lose vi­tal de­tail. Check that the peak on the right of the his­togram isn’t abruptly cut off or ‘clipped’ by the end of the graph.

4 Try Ex­po­sure De­lay Mode If you don’t have a re­mote re­lease to hand, the next best thing is your Nikon’s Ex­po­sure De­lay mode. Found within your Cus­tom Set­ting menu, this locks up the mir­ror then, after the spec­i­fied in­ter­val, trig­gers the shut­ter. You can set it to 1, 2 or 3 seconds. It’s per­fect for tripod­mounted long ex­po­sure shots where you need to min­imise cam­era shake.

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