For those who are not familiar with flash photography, the night shoot is a big problem. They tend to look for the scene where the light is relatively strong, and then followed by a large aperture, high ISO and slow shutter speed, and then again add noise in post-processing, add filters that mimic film taste. If you are to use the flash, night shot is actually more enjoyable than the daytime shooting. Unlike during the day, there is no influence of sunlight shooting scene, the flash is easier to control, there aren’t other factors. So I will share with you a few simple ways to shoot at night.
This shown figure is the usual beginning of the night formation. I shoot using a shadowless light umbrella in front of the model; usually output is set to 1/16. Because the light is not strong enough at night, in order to balance the flash light and ambient light, so it does not need to use too much output in this case.
This is a result of the shot. Usually this stage is mainly to model the familiar feeling of the night, to adapt the warm-up.
Focal length 135mm_1/20s_ aperture f/2.8_ISO400_ manual mode _5100K
I use a lamp next and behind the model, and the output is set to manual 1/8, and then I install in front of the model the umbrella light settings, and output is set to 1/8. But because the light is too soft, using 1/16 output is usually not enough. Therefore the behind lamp must be brighter, and orange light filter is used.
Focal length 135mm_1/30s_ aperture f/2.8_ISO400_ manual mode _5000K
This is the result of using the effects. Because the light in the back is orange, therefore I use the orange flashing light to get the echo effect on one hand, and on the other hand it makes the model to look more three-dimensional.
Focal length 135mm_1/50s_ aperture f/2.5_ISO400_ manual mode _3100K
Of course, you can have switch the effect on the other way around. The filter attached to the back lamp can be installed in the front, in the umbrella flash lights, so that the front flashes orange light, and have white lights in the back. But to have it this way, it must be on the front of the portrait color white to balance correction, and then manually set the white balance to 3100K, so that you can get the normal skin color. But this time on the back of bluish light, and it is followed by a bare lamp, installing shadowless umbrella lights with filter installed, so the output gap before and after the flash can pull further. We can easily see the difference from the photos.
Focal length 135mm_1/80s_ aperture f/1.8_ISO1600_ manual mode _5000K
Of course, relaying on the large aperture, high ISO and slow shutter shot is also possible to achieve the effect, but the success rate is lower, and the model’s skin will be susceptible to ambient light color. The larger the aperture shot is, the background dots are more likely to have football shape, and it does not look beautiful. It often produces a chaotic background.
Focal length 60 mm_1/50s_ aperture f/4.0_ISO800_ manual mode _3030K
These pictures are taken with the same flash layout; only changing the outcome of the height and position of the viewfinder shooting. Do not let the flash appears on the screen, you can see the result in the Figure 1. If you let flash appears on the screen edge, the result is seen on Figure 2. Usually, this will not be taken during the day, but at night you can consider this film, because the position of artificial light at night on the casual settings, unlike the day time that you need to consider the position of the sun. Figure 3 is a result of flash cutting to the edge of the screen, producing the formation of some flare lights. I am here to put three photos in the hope that everyone can understand, after the fixed position of the flash, the photographer can use the same height and distance as the terrain and composition to control the impact of the flash on the shooting results.
This is another set of examples. I am standing in front of the model, using a shadowless umbrella lightning on the left of the model, with naked lights in the back. On the left side of the picture is a friend holding a outdoor photo light, but because there is no need such a strong output, so I just used a outdoor photo light to help the camera focus. In here, the flash output behind the model is set manually to 1/4, and the flash output in front is set to manually 1/8.
Focal length 135mm_1/50s_ aperture f/2.5_ISO400_ manual mode _3100k