Photography at night
A very interesting subject in the world of photography is photography at night.
To try this exciting way of photographing you will need a tripod. I started out by taking pictures from 30 secs to 60 secs. And they turned out really good.
Going around town to find a nice angle, will make you look at the nights in a different way. And at daytime to see and find spots you believe can be photogenic at night.
A classic is to take some shots of the traffic, making the front and back lights from the cars and buses create stripes in your pictures.
It is a classic because it is often used, and it is often used because it really looks good. I envy those living in a metropolis as their cityscapes are very impressive, and night photography could be a way to explore the city.
The artificial light at night will illuminate the city, in a way that makes it look very different from how it looks at daytimes.
(Like the way the trees below are lit)
I use either a 10-20mm or a 18-135mm for my hunting for light at nighttime.
I can set my camera to "bulb" in manual mode, where the shutter will be open for up to 30 seconds.
But I rarely use that. Instead, I set my camera on the tripod and choose "Time" for my shutter. This will let me have an open shutter for up to 30 minutes. I use an electronic tea timer for counting seconds, and then close the shutter after a selected amount of time let's say 45 seconds. I use a remote control to activate the shutter, both to open and to close it again. My camera then takes, what seems to be the same amount of time, to process the image, at the time the shutter was open.
The only need I can imagine where one will ever use such a long shutter time, 30 minutes will be when taking pictures of the blackest night where your subject will be the stars. Maybe you have seen these photos where the stars are making thin stripes circling around a point, and the milky-way beautiful looking. For taking those pictures, you will need to get out of the metropolis you live in. But these are extremes. I don't believe that my use will ever be more that these 30 seconds to 60 seconds, that I have tried with success out in the city.