How to shoot at twilight:
- Scout out locations first. It's easier to find potential compositions before the sun goes down.
- Exposures will be long, you'll need a sturdy tripod. I use a Feisol CT-3442 which weighs 2.31 lbs and folds down to 19 inches. Perfect for travel and everyday use.
- Keep it level. Use Live View or place a bubble level on the hotshoe of your camera,
- Cable release or self timer feature. The exposure was 60 seconds long, the Bulb feature helped with the timed exposure. I shot this with the Nikon D7000 that I'm giving a whirl for travel, along with the Nikon 28-300mm lens. Beautiful combination, and this lens is fabulous on the D3s!
- White balance. Try starting with 4000K, or Daylight (5000K) to see how it looks with your scene. White balance isn't etched in granite, you may like the look of a given setting although it's not "technically correct." Experiment, and see what works best for your composition.
- Manual exposure. Set the aperture for the desired depth of field, and decide how long the exposure will need to be. You may even want to make a series of exposures for HDR. Or, think about putting together a panorama of the scene!
- Wait for the "blue hour." You may want to shoot during and after sunset, then wait for beautiful blue quality of balanced light in between daylight and darkness.
- There's an app for that. Light Tracker, Helios, Velaclock, Sunrise & Set, and for tracking stars on the iPad try Sky Walk.
- Lost the light, no worries. Go for a classic black and white image with Nik Silver Efex Pro 2!
- Be inventive. Think about creative lens choices or angles, Make your shot different and unique!
Have fun shooting! I hope to see you in a future seminar, workshop or online course. You can check my Event's page to see what's coming up next. ~ Deb