Twilight is a wonderful time to take pictures. The sky becomes an extraordinary shade of blue, and the light is balanced throughout the scene. Even in rainy conditions as shown below, twilight complements cityscapes and landscapes. This can be one of the best times to record taillights from passing cars as red streaks, creating a dramatic photograph. Twilight lasts for a very short time and the blue sky will fade to black, which can offer creative options as well.
Want to capture passing cars with streaks of color? Try these tips...
- Use a tripod, plus cable release or your camera's self timer.
- Choose a low ISO, and use a small aperture for good depth of field.
- Timing, wait until just before a car enters the scene to release the shutter.
- The longer the shutter is open, the more streaks that can be captured (more cars, longer streaks).
Make great pictures!
Editor's Note: Deborah Sandidge teaches two outstanding online photo courses for BetterPhoto's digital photography school: Photoshop - Enhancing Digital Images and Creating Works of Art and Digital Infrared Photography.