Night Photography Tips (I blame Youtube Photographers)

Night Photography Tips (I blame Youtube Photographers)

Night photography tips that are actually useful from a professional photographer that makes a living off shoot street photography at night. Everyone else is just dabbing in Night photography. True story!

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One of the most common photography settings that I receive is what are my camera settings, which camera do you use, and do I use a tripod at night. The answer is, I do not use a tripod because I do not have to. I underexpose my pictures so that the information in the highlights remains. In that way, my photos always retain the information necessary to take awesome night photos.

This is why you do not need a new camera or the latest and greatest gear for night photography. Hope this night photography tutorial will help someone out.

Aesthetic photography videos about anime, cyberpunk, infrared and rain photography from Seoul, South Korea.
한국 서울에서 찍은 애니메이션, 사이버펑크, 인퍼레드, 비오는날 사진 촬영 비디오.

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실사와 튜토리얼로 배우는 사진

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모든 컨텐츠가 무료. 책장비, 작업장, 프리셋 광고 없음

I’m a street photographer in Seoul, South Korea.
서울 대한민국의 사진 작가입니다. 서울사진가.

My photography videos are mostly about street photography, cyberpunk photography, and night photography in Seoul, South Korea.
내 비디오는 한국에서의 사진과 나의 삶에 관한 것이다. 사진찍기좋은곳.

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  1. 2 Park on December 3, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    Where is that spot at 1:15?

  2. Missac G Cassim on December 3, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    once again, great video ………… what settings are do you use when it comes to exposure …..-1 ??!! thanks …peace

  3. Stephen Kerley on December 3, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    Like it, love the ranting 😁

  4. Yves Van Tente on December 3, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    Just discovered your channel. Really enjoy your approach where indeed the gear doesn’t really matter but it is all about the operator. I just have one question with regards to your light metering method. Which metering method do you use? Thanks for sharing anyhow.

  5. Robert Catellier on December 3, 2021 at 1:20 pm

    Interesting video, I’ll try some of these suggestions for sure and report back. Everyone else is doing it another way, which means this type of style should be more unique. Love the "ancient trick" comment 🙂

  6. Wayne Chasi on December 3, 2021 at 1:22 pm

    Excellent video; helped me out greatly, thanks!

  7. Richard B on December 3, 2021 at 1:22 pm

    great content! admittedly I did just upgrade my camera to the new a7 IV, but I was moving off of the Nikon D3500 that just wasn’t meeting my needs all that well (the focus would almost never be sharp where I wanted it etc due to poor low-light capabilities and the crop sensor didn’t help) I rarely take my tripod out with me, I have one mostly for the off-chance I was to shoot a light trail or long exposure of the sky. good to know that my new f4 24-105mm lens should still be enough for night photography as I was concerned that f2.8 may have been the sweet spot.

    I really enjoy seeing the shots you post to Instagram and its quite the inspiration. Unfortunately my location is pretty devoid of lights or interesting signs so have to travel for similar opportunities.

  8. Christoffer Wiig on December 3, 2021 at 1:23 pm

    This is the same when shooting slide film, blown highlights is not possible to recover but shadows are in many cases.

    I think the missconseption comes originally from negative film where you DO have to expose for shadows and develop for highlights if you want usable night photos.
    Negative analog film can handle lots of overexposure but just a little underexposure makes it useless.

  9. Lies Müge on December 3, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    Dude… thank you. Such a good video. I am always so confused when youtuber photographers are like “but the details in thr shadows are lost!!” like yeah…. is that not the point? Even been forgetting myself the importance of dynamic shadows. Thank you! stream soon and i’ll be there

  10. Jon on December 3, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    You never try to sell us anything saying that we’ll get better photos with it, just like everyone does, and you’re very humble and look like a very nice guy too! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
    We need more people like you here man
    (Love that point on people always wanting to see everything in the photos, dont understand either)

  11. Mike Benjamin on December 3, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    Please please please don’t let the peanut galery get to you. meaning people who say negative things are the peanut gallery. the people who ask and are being respectful to you and each other those are why I am here to learn.and you my friend are verry talented.Dont sweat the small stuff your way above all that way way above that.Thanks for your time.

  12. Leo Ginto on December 3, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    I alway under expose with my sony😂 and I agree that bright night photography kinda ruins the night vibe.

  13. Sabina Arvidsson on December 3, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    <3 <3 THANKS

  14. LAZ Productions on December 3, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    I love night photography and I completely agree with you! Amazing work, about to go test it myself.

  15. Al Clark on December 3, 2021 at 1:32 pm

    As a Brand new photographer I appreciate your perspective. Thanks for creating this video.

  16. Thomas Gillies on December 3, 2021 at 1:34 pm

    I want to do this stuff so bad but I don’t even own a camera 😑 I want to start but I’m afraid I will waste my money on a camera and not use it

  17. Fred’s Wilbury Castle Railway on December 3, 2021 at 1:35 pm

    Interesting loved the rant great tips thought I’d subscribe as …… regards

  18. Recreational Plutonium on December 3, 2021 at 1:35 pm

    fuck me. I always wondered if I’m special/dumb/retarded because I actually like my blacks to be black while every photographer out there tells me "oh no no no, it’s underexposed". and the "correctly" exposed image lacks then any mood or atmosphere but "the histogram is right".

    thanks man. I though I was alone.

  19. Joe Chan on December 3, 2021 at 1:37 pm

    i love your channel, im new to this street photography, thanks for the tips.

  20. CeBo on December 3, 2021 at 1:38 pm

    u seem like a pretty calm dude.. maybe that’s why your not shaky lol

  21. Thirty5mm Lens Photography on December 3, 2021 at 1:39 pm

    Absolutely correct ..

  22. Mark Eduard Mejia on December 3, 2021 at 1:40 pm

    I do night photography with my kit lens 16-55mm. Totally agree with you bruh. The same words I got from the photographer friends who are way ahead. from kit lens you’ll find your niche then go buy what suits you well. but shooting underexpose pictures always works for me.

  23. Gerry Philpott on December 3, 2021 at 1:41 pm

    Love your photos! YouTube is meant to illicit comments and the fact that people have lots of opinions about photography is a great thing, but I fully agree that you have to follow your own style and what gives you joy in the photos you take. I personally like your approach and glad I saw this as I’m starting to get out more with my camera. Thanks.

  24. Bob Willers on December 3, 2021 at 1:45 pm

    You have been a great help for my photography efforts with my old camera and even older manual lens. Who needs the top of the range gear? not me. Thank You

  25. J on December 3, 2021 at 1:46 pm

    Most people think that if they do what exactly you do or get the exact camera and settings you used, they’d get the same exact quality of the photo. I love your work and I’m inspired by it. Thanks for sharing your experiences and insights. ✨

  26. Ian Horne on December 3, 2021 at 1:46 pm

    Great video buddy

  27. Dave Fryer on December 3, 2021 at 1:46 pm

    100% Agree with you …….Keep on doing things your way………..Its your art…….Really enjoyed the content of this video and have subscribed to see more

  28. James Oakley on December 3, 2021 at 1:48 pm

    I also love night photography and i appreciate the advice and tips. Great photos by the way.

  29. Noealz - Seoul Photowalks on December 3, 2021 at 1:48 pm

    ✅ Websites

  30. xMotivationFix on December 3, 2021 at 1:48 pm

    Holly damn, i am so glad i found this channel!

  31. LAZ Productions on December 3, 2021 at 1:50 pm

    Aldo is the phot at 6:37 underexposed as well?

  32. Jim Bacon on December 3, 2021 at 1:50 pm

    This was the kind of info I was looking for!

  33. Nat Brownizzle on December 3, 2021 at 1:52 pm

    I sometimes make pictures darker during daytime, because there is better mirroring in glas facades. At the end of the day, as a beginner I think, I have to learn the general rules and then bend them to my needs, since there is no harm to be done.

  34. Adam R on December 3, 2021 at 1:56 pm

    This is a great video, more people need to understand these things. I especially appreciate “I use this ancient trick called holding the camera steady when I take a picture” 😂

  35. John Sciara on December 3, 2021 at 1:57 pm

    When I went back to take up photography again with a digital camera (I was old school, film) I wanted to take night time photographs using a tripod and long exposure time. That produced a look that I was going for. I also found out that my white balance settings on the camera gave a different glow to the image. When I learned to use the K scale for white balance, I got better color for my image.

    I have also done some night photography of a protest where long exposure would not work, so I cranked up the ISO and handheld the camera.

    Looking at the images that you provided look great. I usually don’t have a person who would be the subject for my photos but underexposing and bringing up the shadows also creates a distinct look. So it seems that everyone who looks to do night photography will have a different artistic view that they are looking for. Learning how to do different looks in night photography would be a good skill to learn. Thanks for your insight.

  36. Lu Gin on December 3, 2021 at 1:57 pm

    EXACTLY what I needed. Thank you! Subscribed. Excited to start going through your videos.
    Will you kindly name a camera/s for low light that’s good for [low light] video too? It’s is for an indie game project..

    I love your graphics and animations btw. Happy I found your channel!

  37. James Harte on December 3, 2021 at 1:58 pm

    Does the exposure compensation matter when shooting RAW? Or only for JPG images?

  38. Mergim Neziraj on December 3, 2021 at 2:02 pm

    Wooow. Just came over your channel! Love it!!

  39. tibfox on December 3, 2021 at 2:02 pm

    You’re my biggest inspiration buddy! Thank you for all of your input and teaching about night photography

  40. My Nayme on December 3, 2021 at 2:07 pm

    So thankful I clicked on this video 🙌🏻

  41. Toby Woolgar on December 3, 2021 at 2:08 pm

    Great vlog thanks

  42. john bateman on December 3, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    Great advice for a photographer just starting out in the world of night photography! Love so many of your photographs.

  43. Hai it’s Tom! on December 3, 2021 at 2:10 pm

    Right on, so many vids out there saying you can’t do this without a lens and camera set up that costs more than a car…

  44. Peter Watts on December 3, 2021 at 2:11 pm

    So good man. Love your philosophy. Totally inspired by your work.

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  46. Hybrid Femme on December 3, 2021 at 2:14 pm

    The kind of advice and insight I’ve always needed! Thank you! 😀

  47. Sabina Arvidsson on December 3, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    Btw loved your rant!

  48. alfieboy on December 3, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    Yes yes yes. I do like fast lenses for the faster shutter speeds I can get at night though which helps if using a longer focal length. But I agree there’s way too many armchair photographers that care way too much about gear and less about the art and technique.

    Love the idea of just always shooting a bit underexposed. I’ve tended to use bracketing at night but I usually throw out the bright shot anyways.

  49. moody batakji on December 3, 2021 at 2:16 pm

    Bravo man this is cool

  50. Peter Skrypnyk on December 3, 2021 at 2:16 pm

    A bit of sarcasm never hurts. Good video.