This week Brian Tarling joined us again to talk about low light/night time photography, having been to Warminster to judge on previous occasions.
The first half of the session consisted of Brian telling us about the things we needed to consider like using a tripod for long exposures, thinking about ISO, aperture and shutter speeds and the means to release the shutter without moving the camera, so by timer delay or cord release.
Brian also talked about the useful bits of equipment he’s acquired over the years like a good torch (doesn’t have to be big to be effective) and gloves that you wear and can still manipulate your camera controls. He also took us through the use of the soft-edged graduated filter to balance a scene where an area is significantly brighter than the rest, and a polarising filter to simply reduce the amount of light entering the camera to facilitate long exposures.
All of this was backed up by numerous example photographs that enforced the advice Brian was imparting.
In the latter part of the evening those that had brought tripods and cameras were able to experiment by taking images of some sample tabletop props in very low lighting conditions. Brian was on hand to help anybody who needed it so that we all got results in amazingly little light.
By the end of the evening we felt we were at least on the right road to having a new photographic skill thanks to Brian Tarling. (Thanks also to those members who brought extra tripods to loan to others).
Images: Anjalika Baier
Report: Mil Chimley LRPS