SIMULATE NIGHT LIGHTING
Turn daylight scenes into faux night-time environments in-camera
COMPOSE WITH CARE The image must have no obvious lighting discontinuities. Exclude the sky from the frame as much as possible by zooming in, as this can reveal the true time of day. Ideally shoot on an overcast day.
CALCULATE FOCUS AND EXPOSURE
Using Aperture Priority mode, set the f-stop for required depth of field and meter from the highlights, for a sharp, correctly exposed base frame. This allows you to maintain highlight detail.
CHOOSE ‘WRONG’ WB Select either Tungsten or Fluorescent white balance presets to start with, to re-create the cooler colours seen at twilight or under moonlit conditions. Choose the setting based on required effect strength.
PULL BACK EXPOSURE Next dial in negative exposure compensation to reduce the brightness. Begin by using -2EV of compensation, to cut ambient light visibility, decreasing further if more ‘darkness’ is required.
TAKE A TEST SHOT Make an exposure and review this to assess if the brightness and colour saturation match the scene believably. Observe the edges of the frame for unwanted bright areas. Also be mindful of extraneous reflections in water or on vegetation.
USE KELVIN VALUES For a stronger and more controllable effect, switch from using a white balance preset to directly adjusting colour temperature. Set a low value for the greatest blue cast and slowly increase or decrease this for a stronger or more subtle colour bias.
LeftFLAT LIGHTING IN THE IMAGE SHOT WITH THE ‘CORRECT’ WHITE BALANCE AND EXPOSURE,THE OVERCAST CONDITIONS HAVE PRODUCED AN UNINSPIRING SCENE
LeftDAY TO NIGHT BY INTRODUCING AN ARTIFICIAL COLOUR CAST AND CREATING A DARKER EXPOSURE, A CREDIBLE TWILIGHTFEEL CAN BE PRODUCED IN MINUTES