The Life of a Night Photographer

Photography can capture the special moments which occur during the day, but what happens when the moments are during the night? Most would think taking pictures at night is a bad idea because the images will not come out great, there is not any great lighting, and the details will not be captured. As a new photographer, those thoughts would come to mind constantly, until I visited the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego.

The exhibition that took place was Defying Darkness: Photography at Night. Never in my wildest dreams, would I have thought how amazing pictures looked after the sun is down and the stars are shining bright in the sky. The image that stood out the most to me was North Point of Mt. Everest, by Moonlight, with Star Tracks; photographed by Marion Patterson. This incredible image gave me a new perspective on how amazing it is to shoot at night. Not only do you have an amazing effect with the star tracks, but you have great lighting overall, which is normally thought to be difficult to capture. If this can be captured at night, then there should not be a reason to not capture special moments at night. Yes, practice may be needed, but as an artist, this should not be a difficult task.

I had a great time at the museum and I was able to learn a lot from night photography. Now, I am motivated to practice shooting images during the night, so I can become a better artist and photographer.


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