I feel like it is a lot easier to just go out and shoot, see what you get, and then review what you could have done differently. This gung-ho approach probably isn’t the most efficient way of learning the skill of photography in the long run, but it’s overwhelming (for me at least) to keep some sort of formula in my head that I haven’t applied yet. That being said, once I get something right while shooting, it sticks better; I think back to a time and place rather than ISO numbers and what setting I was shooting in.
These two shots are some of my favorites that I have captured since getting into photography. And it’s because my gung-ho, shoot now and learn later approach paid off. I won’t go as far to say that I went into the desert at night, cold-turkey, and did not read anything about some night shots. Obviously, there’s some technique that’s required (and a tripod). Loosely applying that with some luck and determination, I was able to capture this martian feel.
I took what I could get with a full moon and limited to no light pollution. I broke my cheap tripod in the process, but it was a sacrifice that I think was worth the shot. I did some post-editing; removed some spots on my lens and fixed the lighting just so the foreground was better contrasted against the background.
Is there anyway to open a shutter longer than the longest time on the shutter (Tv) setting? I could only go for 30 seconds on my Rebel T3i.
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