Just because the sun has set doesn't mean you need to whip out the flash for great photos. Check if your camera is equipped with Bulb mode. If it does, then you can shoot long exposures!
The Bulb function allows you to keep the shutter open for as long as you press the shutter button. When you release the button, the shutter closes, and the camera stops taking the picture. Unless you have very steady hands or want to shoot blurs on purpose, always have a tripod ready. For best results, attach a cable release to your camera to avoid even the slightest camera shake. Don't worry if you do not own a tripod, you could prop your camera on any stable surface if you don't have a tripod. Now, here are a few more tips for your nocturnal photo shoot:
Seek the Brightest Lights
The brighter your surroundings are (or if you are standing near a light source), the shorter amount of time you need to keep your camera's shutter open. It applies most especially if you're using a high ISO film of 400 like the Lomography Color Negative 400 and Lomography Color Negative 800.
Glow In X-pro
Cross-processed slide film produces amazing results during the day. But it also does wonders at nighttime! Depending on different factors (the type of slide film, chemicals, or if your film is fresh or expired), your shots could emit a variety of colour shifts in your final photograph. Don't be afraid to experiment!
Keep It Steady
You may have seen nighttime city photographs with vibrant light streaks and wondered how they were made. With your camera set to "Bulb mode", press the shutter button and hold it for a few seconds (this will let all the light in), and then release the button. This takes some experimentation, so have fun shooting at different exposure times!
Let It Blur
Forget about sharpness and try shooting some soft blurs. In ambient lighting, it can look mysterious and cinematic. You can keep your camera steady and capture your subjects in motion (as you would when capturing light streaks) or just capture the scene instinctively.
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