SIM­U­LATE NIGHT LIGHT­ING

Turn day­light scenes into faux night-time en­vi­ron­ments in-cam­era

Digital Photograper - - Techniques -

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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