Creativity with Street Light

 

Here’s how you can make some fantastic images of street lights!

The crisscross of street lamps, poles and wires can make interesting graphic photographs. Photograph/K Madhavan Pillai

The crisscross of street lamps, poles and wires can make interesting graphic photographs. Photograph/K Madhavan Pillai

Combine Artificial and Natural Light
The best time to shoot street lamps is when they are just being switched on, around twilight. There will be a particular time span when the street lamps will be well lit, and there will be some natural light left in the sky as well. At such times, the sky is filled with vivid blue or red tones. A frame that combines the warmth of yellow street lamps along with these cool blue tones can look really impactful.

Shoot Rows of Light
Clicking pictures of the street lights in row forms an interesting pattern. Most of your effort while capturing such a frame will go in finding the best possible vantage point. You should be able to see lines of lights clearly, and there should be no distracting elements. Use a tripod and an aperture like f/8 or f/16 as this will help render each street light as a start burst pattern.

Combine the warm yellow tones of street light with the cool blue sky at twilight. Photograph/Mayank Prajapati

Combine the warm yellow tones of street light with the cool blue sky at twilight. Photograph/Mayank Prajapati

Capture Street-lit Portraits
Warm street lamps can be a great source of light for shooting unconventional, edgy portraits. The placement of the subject is extremely critical as even a slight change of position can completely change the manner in which shadows are forming on his or her face. If you wish to fill some light into the shadows, you can use the Night Portrait mode or use Slow Sync Flash. For shooting pictures in street light without flash, you may need a fast lens like a 50mm f/1.8, to shoot such portraits or alternatively, you can increase the ISO. In addition to street lamps, look for other sources of light too. It could be a row of lanterns, diyas or festival decorations.

This article originally appeared in the June 2014 issue of Better Photography.

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