Its December meaning that the rush of Christmas has suddenly become that of a reality. Work load has picked up both in and out of uni and the Christmas spirit has graced its presence.
But amongst the chaos of meals, presents and chaotic shopping, the season gives us magical lights, the cold weather a frosty glow and the crisp cold air that leaves your breath hanging for a few seconds. With the nights getting longer, the weather worsening, you would think it would be best to take it easy, relax with some trashy TV or over a cup of hot chocolate. Alas, the work load increases, the rush and bustle of holiday shoppers storm work places and the demand for everything ascends to the height only Christmas can bring.
For me, as a photographer I get a flurry of bookings from Christmas meals, portraits and commissioned landscape work. Also many queries of prints and digital purchase. While this is fantastic news to me, validating my self-made business and increasing my audience and talent, it does also mean I have to weave some magic into creating a play hard, work harder routine. If this wasn’t the only issue, also finding the time for outdoor shoots with nice weather become as particular challenge.
Even with the rush and extra work in all areas, the longer nights and shorter days hold more colour and joy than any other time in the darker months. The days start in explosions of violets, pinks and crisp blues and end in fiery flames and clouds of starlings. The nights hold millions of tiny stars decorating, trees, lamp posts and winding streets, illuminating the flushed faces of people going home.
My personal favourite thing about any art, over all the materials is light. Light gives everything character and realism. So this time of year brings me immense joy with the extra lights framing doorways and highlighting of buildings and trees.
Night photography is a little more challenging than in the day time, the issue of course being the lack of light. In order to counteract this you’ll need a slower shutter. This however does pick up slight movement and can cause blur. If you heighten your ISO you can have a faster shutter, but be aware than the higher the ISO the more noise you’ll get in an image also comprising the crispness of the images, mainly in the darker colours. This can be fixed to an extent in editing software like Lightroom, but its always good to get the image right from the taking of it than relying on software. To achieve best results use a tripod/monopod with a longer shutter and a lower ISO. This is just personal opinion of course and preference varies from photographer to photographer of course.
Again its trial and error, just as long as you enjoy yourself.
Thanks for reading and have a great Holiday Season!
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