Shoot low-key por­traits

Practical Photography (UK) - - Outdoor Adventure -

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.

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