Low light photography can be the bane – and the blessing – of every landscape photographer. All the decisions you make during those sun-soaked hours when light remains typically constant have to be thought through at a much faster rate and acted upon accordingly, lest you miss an opportunity. This can equate to rapid-fire composition, focusing and meter reading because, at either end of the day, the sun’s low relationship with the horizon is triggering a much faster transition than when it is high in the sky providing a more regular effect.
The pay off, if you get it right, is a much more dramatic photograph than at any other time of the day. People are used to seeing vistas during daylight – it’s what everyone’s eye experiences and grows familiar with because those are the waking hours, hence a picture at noon (while not necessarily to be avoided) will result in less ‘oohs!’ and ‘aahs!’
To help you, try having a reasonable idea of your location and subject beforehand – stumbling around pre-dawn or at sunset relying purely on luck will sometimes pay off, but your hit rate over time will be reduced.
Modern cameras have an exponential ISO range, meaning hand-held imagery in low light is encroaching further into the realms once held sacred for tripods, and can yield a greater quantity of possible captures than being tethered. Shutter speeds will need to be accordingly faster, and while this is an option you may wish to experiment with, nothing beats... [vision_notification style="tip" font_size="20px"]Read the whole article inside issue 69.[/vision_notification]