Street Photography at Night
Learn to capture the soul of your city while it sleeps using different techniques and light sources, from the idea to post-production
Shooting stunning photos by the light of a city at night can be an exciting challenge. Award-winning photographer Gustavo Minas, specialist in this art form, shows you some tricks of the trade so you can learn to bring your own city’s mood into evocative images.
In Introduction to Street Photography, Gustavo showed you how to compose an urban photo essay. In his second course, explore the depths of your city even further, working on nighttime scenes, characters, and different sources of light, from shooting to post-production.
As an introduction, hear a little bit about Gustavo Minas’ career in the world of photography so far and how he became interested in night street photography. Also discover his main influences and sources of inspiration.
Next, study a brief history of night photography and some of its pioneering artists to get your ideas flowing. Learn some key concepts of photographical expression and immerse yourself in the use of lighting, whether artificial flash or the lights found around you.
Now it’s time to hit the streets for your nighttime photoshoot. Begin by using the light sources provided by your environment such as street lamps, bars, gas stations, and neon signs. Then start to experiment with your flash, seeing how it can be used to bring out the atmosphere of your city.
To wrap up the course, turn your attention to the post-production phase. Organize your files to be edited in Adobe Lightroom, with a focus on balancing light and shadow. Part ways with Gustavo by learning how to put together your photo essay with a cohesive narrative and how to publish your work.