Explore the challenges and creative options behind street shooting after dark on the streets, beaches, and outer boroughs of New York.
(fun, jazzy blues music) - You know, there's a magic and a mystery to shooting at night, and the city offers unlimited possibilities when it comes to night shooting. Hi, I'm Steve Simon, and I can't wait to take you through this course, Street Photography: The City at Night. I'm gonna take you to some familiar places here in New York City. That's where we're going over by that spot there. That's where you get the nice view.
We're gonna go to the Brooklyn Bridge Park where we're gonna see this incredible view of the New York City skyline. (camera shutter going off) (jazzy blues music) We're also gonna check out the Lower East Side, which is gritty, and crowded, but with so much visual potential for a night shoot. I kinda want you to, here, let me show ya. I'll show you what I mean. - Oh, yeah, perfect. - [Steve] Yeah. What I was thinking was just kinda lean back in the corner like that and see what that looks like. Capturing the night with your camera offers some greater challenges than photographing during the daytime.
Let me make sure 'cause it's so dark, I want to make sure I got it okay. But the rewards can also be great, which is why I love shooting at night. So you're gonna make muscles? You're not grimacing enough. Now I'm scared. All the tips and techniques that I'm gonna put forward here in this course, will translate into any night environment. We're gonna be moving fast. We're gonna be pan-holding. But, we'll also take a tripod, when it's appropriate. So I hope that you're feeling rested because this city never sleeps. So follow me into the New York City night, and lets see what we can find.
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- Taking shots of the skyline at night
- Shooting with a long exposure and noise reduction
- Shooting subjects in low light
- Panning with a moving subject
- Shooting light trails
- Zeroing out camera settings after a complex shot