Travel Photography: Portrait of a City Neighborhood
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Travel Photography: Portrait of a City Neighborhood

with Mikkel Aaland

Video: Shooting night scenes in a city

Male: The cities come alive at night. Just transformed by the light. Whole different crowds of people come out at night. Last night, I was down here on Green Street. And you can see behind me it, it's an interesting street, but boy at night you should just see it come alive with the, the lights and the people. Came down here and started off shooting the camera handheld with a pretty high ISO. I have a vibration reduction built into the lens, so I could shoot a fairly slow shutter speed handheld.

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1h 19m Intermediate Aug 07, 2013

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When you're traveling, you sometimes want to spend a day or two exploring the neighborhood where you're staying—just walking around with your camera, absorbing the neighborhood's personality, and assembling a collection of photos that, together, form a portrait of the neighborhood. These photos are a great way to bring your experiences home to share.

In this course, photographer and teacher Mikkel Aaland explores one of the oldest and most beautiful neighborhoods of San Francisco: North Beach, home to iconic architecture, beautiful vistas, delicious food, and more than a few interesting people. He explores the area on foot over a three-day period, taking you up hills, inside restaurants and shops, and into encounters with people on the street. Along the way, learn how to take advantage of natural light, shoot a city at night, pack and prep for travel shoots, and enhance your images in post-production.

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Shooting night scenes in a city

Male: The cities come alive at night. Just transformed by the light. Whole different crowds of people come out at night. Last night, I was down here on Green Street. And you can see behind me it, it's an interesting street, but boy at night you should just see it come alive with the, the lights and the people. Came down here and started off shooting the camera handheld with a pretty high ISO. I have a vibration reduction built into the lens, so I could shoot a fairly slow shutter speed handheld.

So, got some nice shots, just before it got completely dark, so that we have this nice blue sky in the background. really transform this street. And that was all done handheld. Secret there is just the high ISO. Im, images are going to be a little bit noisy, a little but grainy, but I can fix that later in post if I wanted. because that grain actually adds a nice effect. Then went down to the corner of Broadway and Columbus and wanted to do something a little different. And there I needed I needed a tripod, because I wanted to get some shots where there was actually some blur in the foreground, cars, lights.

But I wanted the background to be sharp. And that, there's a problem there, because often when I'm traveling especially, when I'm flying some place. I just don't want to carry a big tripod along. I don't, it's just my thing. And it'll add my a lot of weight to your baggage, and, and the, it's not very convenient. But what I do is I land and I find one of those, could be a tourist camera store. And I can always pick up a tripod for pretty cheap. This one here was only like $34. And I've bought many of these cheap tripods, and they work just fine for what I'm trying to do.

And at the end of the trip when I'm done, I either leave it at the hotel lobby or I just give it to another tourist. But with this tripod, and the camera mounted on it, I can shoot at a slow enough shutter speed and get this great effect. So one thing, when you are going out at night, obviously, you need to be just a little bit more aware at the people around you. Maybe have a friend with you to watch your back. But overall, don't be afraid of the dark.

Take your camera and get out that night and get some great shots.

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