Shoot low-key portraits
Once you’ve conquered your adventure and you’re ready to curl up by the camp fire, you may feel tempted to pack away your camera for the night. Hold fire, because this is actually the perfect opportunity to grab some camping portraits as you and your friends unwind. These will also provide the fitting ending to your outdoor adventure project.
Work with natural light
once night has fallen, light becomes a precious commodity for photographers. We were lucky enough to be sleeping in a bothy with a woodburning stove, so this provided the perfect golden light for our images. However, relying on just this light source meant that the colour temperature became overpowering. We had also brought along head torches, which not only provided a welcome contrast to the fire light (think of it as a natural version of studio gel lighting), but they also meant that there was more available light to assist the camera’s autofocus. even if you’re not able to build a fire, there will be light sources you can use. Whether it’s a head torch, a lantern or a flashlight, simply place your subject as close to the light as possible.
If you’re really struggling with your autofocus, some nikon bodies have an AF Assist Illumination function. This is a beam of light that projects from your camera to add extra illumination for your focus, which turns off before you take the photo. If you don’t shoot on nikon, some canon bodies provide a similar function using a high-speed pulse on the pop-up flash. If you don’t have these options, you could try switching to manual focus.
Set up your camera
Low-light conditions are where pro cameras really shine, but that’s not to say you can’t capture similar images with budget kit. Shoot at your widest aperture, as this will let in as much light as possible. you may also need to push your ISo up to around 3200. By shooting in RAW, you can underexpose and then bring the shadow details back in the editing process. Another way to keep your ISo low is to brace yourself against a wall with a shutter speed of 1/40sec. While this could ordinarily produce camera shake, introducing some stability can make the difference.
Left Always be careful when working with fire. Unless you’re experienced, we wouldn’t recommend starting fires outdoors.Below Pair a hot beverage with direct lighting to capture atmospheric steam.