Architectural Photography #4: Photographing Buildings at Night

– Your camera could overcompensate for bright light sources such as street lights and decorative lights, resulting in a dark image
When capturing sources such as street lights and decorative lights, your camera’s exposure meter could be fooled by the bright lights into thinking that the scene is much brighter than it really is. It will therefore overcompensate for the brightness, which may cause your photos to have a dark finish. Although it depends on the intensity of the light source and the distribution of the light within the frame, if you feel that your photos look too dark, try applying positive exposure compensation and taking the shot again. By doing that, the dazzling lights should stand out in your shot.

– In nightscapes, lights are attractive to the human eye. Use that to your advantage when you compose your shot
In nightscapes, our eyes are easily drawn to objects that emit light, such as street lights. It is a good idea to consider how to arrange such objects when you compose your image. In the example, I placed the street lights on the left and right edges of the image so that they formed a line of lights converging toward the centre, lending to the illusion of depth.

How to set the ISO speed

“ISO” button → Use touch operations or turn the dial to change the value. * Differs depending on camera model.

Get great shots without increasing the ISO speed

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