This is a second part of composition in motion class. This one was dedicated to night camera motion pictures.

As always the light draws a picture for us, but there is a difference with the previous ‘Day camera motion‘ class in significant contrast between light objects in the frame (street illumination) and a background.

This difference brings new elements into our fun game.

  1. You can still use everything that was mentioned before in ‘Day camera motion‘ about camera settings, except we don’t need any darkening filters.
  2. As dark background prevails in the frame, the camera tends to overexpose tiny sources of light, therefore we need to manually compensate exposure to at least -1EV.
  3. Here you can add any new types of movements like shaking, jerking, imitating your signature, etc. Everything that your imagination prompts you while you are looking at the subject. It’s more convenient to create effects during the night as we can easily shoot at speeds of seconds. One of the examples is to combine a steady camera for, let’s say 2/3 of the shutter speed, with motion. I shot images with clocks in this series of photos exactly in this way.
  4. The night contrast also results in a ‘clean’ background, making images more stunning. There is a big diversity of light sources colors as well!

So, experiment and try extremal angles of view during night motion shooting!

This type of class is an exception to the rule.  Please take as many images as you can without careful pre-visualization. Experiment with different shutter speeds and types of motion.