SHOOT AND EDIT A CITYSCAPE
A tripod ban needn’t stop you from shooting pin-sharp low-light images
Ensure sharp images when shooting in urban places with a tripod ban
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Intermediate TIME TAKEN: One hour
So you’ve planned a trip to the big city with the aim of shooting some stunning low-light vistas of the skyscrapers and twinkling lights from a high viewpoint. Most cities have at least one great vantage point, usually the top of a tall building, and in many cases they’ve become popular tourist attractions because of the amazing view. Unfortunately, for serious photographers, there’s often a frustrating catch – no tripods allowed. During the day this isn’t a problem, because you can just handhold. But once the sun sets and light levels start to drop, so do the shutter speeds, and before long, taking sharp shots without some kind of support becomes tricky. You can set your lens to its widest aperture, turn on image stabilisation and hike up the ISO, but by the time blue hour arrives and the scene is looking its best, none of these steps will solve the problem.
The aim of this tutorial is to look at how you can overcome a tripod ban and still produce great low-light cityscapes – without being evicted from the premises! Our weapon of choice to do that is a nifty accessory called The Platypod Pro Max, and as you’ll see, it works a treat.
BelowNEW YORK CITY BLUE HOUR IT WOULD HAVE BEEN VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO TAKE A SHARP IMAGE OF THIS AMAZING LOW-LIGHT SCENE FROM THE TOP OF THE ROCKEFELLER CENTRE IN NEW YORK CITY WITHOUT A STABLE CAMERA SUPPORT. THE PLATYPOD PRO MAX SERVED TO PROVIDE THAT SUPPORTALL IMAGES © LEE FROST