Often balloon festivals will have an evening event where the balloons are static on the ground, which is a great opportunity
01 Beat the shakes
Mount your camera on a tripod. As the night draws in, the lower light levels will force you to go longer with your shutter speed. Handholding isn’t an option after dusk, and you want at least some part of the image to be clear and sharp.
02 Monitor the exposure
Adjust your settings throughout the night as the sky grows darker. Try to strike a balance between the fire-filled balloons and the night sky. On clear nights you may be able to capture the stars above the balloons.
03 Follow the pattern
Colour, shape and pattern – and of course the warm glow of all those burners – are what make a night glow so photogenic, to be sure to seek out complementary colours, repeating shapes and lines that add interest and definition.