We had our first truly warm weekend and I had no client work scheduled so I hit the streets of Chicago for some night photography. I am mainly a wedding and portrait shooter, but I have found that doing other types of photography helps me to step up my game in other areas. Hey, you never stop learning!!
These type of "nightscapes" require a tripod and a whole lot of patience. the above image was taken on a bridge with the camera securely mounted. However, it's still not as sharp as I'd like it to be because the bridge I was on had much traffic on a Friday night and there was some shake. However, this was my only choice for this vantage point. I suppose I could have come back at 4am or something when there was less traffic.
The streaks of light you see in these shots (and especially the Chicago Theater image) are the result of headlights and taillights from moving traffic. The shutter is so slow that the cars themselves became invisible.
I have a workshop coming up on May 21st that will cover Mastering Settings on your camera and then we will do an outdoor portrait session with a model. While this will NOT be a class on night photography, we will discuss the basics of shots like these. I am considering a class in Chicago doing night photography such as this. I will just have to see how much interest there is.
To learn more about the upcoming workshop and to sign up before the $50 discount sale ends at the end of April, check out the info below. Happy shooting!!