Produce a light painting
Use a torch to add impact to night shots
Using flashguns or torches to light up the foreground is a simple way to give your night shots a twist. There are many light-painting techniques, so you’ll need to experiment with your camera settings. Once you’ve fixed your Nikon to a tripod and framed your image, switch to Manual exposure mode and dial in a shutter speed of 30 seconds, an aperture of f/5.6 and ISO200 as a starting exposure, then use your torch or flashgun to ‘paint’ your subject during the exposure. Keep the light moving, and avoid illuminating one area for too long, otherwise you run the risk of having hotspots in your image.
The more powerful the torch, the easier it is to light paint a large area
Using a powerful torch to illuminate derelict buildings, trees or even parts of the landscape can help bring your night sky images to life