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uberMental Tip Of The Day: How To Play With Lights During Your Night Photography

Step One: Take a traditional night shot and pay very close attention to the timing of your digital camera's aperture click of the shutter.

Step Two: Just before the shutter clicks shut, make a tiny serpentine movement with your camera to squiggle the lights.

Step Three: Repeat steps one and two until you get something interesting that you like. Discard the rest and post those puppys on your blog. Shall show you how you can blend it in with other images this afternoon using Photoshop. Yes. You now have homework (LOL). Don't own Photoshop? Go to the Adobe.com website and download a free 30 day trial so you can play with me.

Class is in session. :-)


Carolyn Tann-Starr 2010

Carolyn Tann-Starr 2010

01/06/2010 Update: Step Four.

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Comment balloon 7 commentsC Tann-Starr • January 05 2010 08:46AM


Very interesting.  I'm always interested in new photo techniques.  Charlie Gantz, Greenwood, IN; J.D., M.B.A.; Owner/Principal Broker, Atlas Commercial Real Estate, LLC

Posted by Charlie Gantz, J.D., M.B.A. (Keller Williams Commercial, Tampa Bay) almost 11 years ago

Great tips thanks for sharing. Taking night photos have always made me nervous about the quality. Hope you have a prosperous new year.

Posted by Raylene Estabrook (Signature Homes Real Estate Group) almost 11 years ago


I am probably the worst night shooter there is. Any tips to help are appreciated.


Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 11 years ago

My nite pics all look blurry without trying... Nice comparison pics... Thanks for sharing

Posted by Diane Daley (Caron's Gateway Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Cool photo--- alot of my pictures look like that without trying!  Thanks, Kathy

Posted by Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886 (California Lifestyle Realty) almost 11 years ago

Charles, you are welcome.

Raylene, don't be nervous about the quality, just keep trying. :-)

Richard, I am going to show you guys how you can even have fun using blurry shots. :-)

Caron's Gateway, blurry pictures can be quite useful if you do a title overlay or merge them with other shots.

Kathy, you can still use them if you mix them with other shots. I will show you guys in a little while. I have to pause to chase Stephen. My 3 year old will not stay in the bed (LOL). :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Oh my goodness, C, you are like . . . one mad-crazy blogger! Fun photo tricks! Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Deena Cottingham, Home Stager & Photographer (GreenApple Staging & Images, Calgary Staging & Photography) almost 11 years ago

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