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30 Influential Night Photographers to Follow in 2022

The night is a subject that has fascinated artists for centuries.

Night can symbolise magic, madness, mystery, and death. It is also a symbol of the unconscious and a powerful source of imagination.

Photographers have long been aware of the aesthetic properties of photographing at night. Alfred Stieglitz and Brassai were among the early masters to exemplify night photography. Brassai famously documented the results in his 1932 book ‘Paris de Nuit’.

We’ve listed 30 night photographers working today who capture unique aspects of the night. Believe us; they are worth checking out!

What is Night Photography?

In brief, night photography is taking photographs between the dark hours of dusk and dawn.

The power of night bestows many types of photography with hints of mischief, magic, and possibility…

A serene landscape transforms into a magical underworld by moonlight. City streets can take on an uncanny or cinematic quality.

Genres like astrophotography need the presence of nightfall to exist.

Night photographers seek to capture the essence of our world at a time when the majority of people don’t see it.

Whether the night is the subject matter, backdrop, or frame, there is something magical afoot in most night photography forms.

Influential Night Photographers to Follow

Let’s take a look at the work of these fantastic night photographers that have inspired us recently.

Each of these artists uses the qualities of the night to add something special to their photos.

Ekaterina Mishchenkova

Not every night is dark and silent.

Pattern and colour are a staple of Ekaterina Mishchenkova’s work. Her architectural photos, portraits and night photos are bursting with colour.

Her images of fireworks displays from cities worldwide celebrate the night as a canvas for explosions of joy.

Ekaterina is a prize-winner of the Me & My Leica X Photo Contest and the International Photography Awards (IPA).


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Paul Zizka

Paul Zizka is an explorer and professional astrophotographer.

He creates compelling images of the night skies from incredible locations such as Antarctica, Iceland, New Zealand, Greenland and the Canadian Rockies.

The textures and contrast of his clean landscape images are enhanced by the darkness of night.

Paul offers a range of online courses and workshops for photographers interested in perfecting their skills!


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Liam Wong

Liam Wong is a Scottish photographer and game designer.

His neon-lit street photography brings us into a futuristic night world.

Liam’s work in film and video games is evident in his photography style. These cyberpunk cityscapes transport us to the set of Blade Runner or lost in Gotham city.

There is a hint of impending action in each of the photos. Something is about to emerge from these streets, but what?


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Zach Doehler

Zach Doehler is a Canadian landscape photographer. His early interest in photography began with a mission to capture the stars.

Zach’s passion for photographing the night sky has continued to produce a portfolio of exquisite landscape photography.

A unique editing style emphasises a mystic quality in his stunning night landscapes.

His website offers photography presets, in-depth tutorials, and even one-on-one training!


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Henri Prestes

Henri Prestes is a Portuguese fine art photographer with a passion for the night.

His photography reminds us of an impressionist painting with a touch of a soft nightmare.

His subjects are lost in their dreams, usually walking alone in foggy moors, fields or city streets.

His current series is called Perfect Darkness, which was also the title of his 2018 solo exhibition in London.


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Billy Dinh

Brooklyn based photographer Billy Dinh creates cinematic visions by photographing at night.

His unique perspectives and framing give a unique appeal to his candid night portraits.

Billy’s New York City street photos could easily be stills from a vintage movie. It is unclear if we are the audience of this night movie or have become characters ourselves.


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Mike Will

Mike Will is a London based street photographer. His images exemplify how the city comes alive at night.

His unique perspective, interesting angles, and use of light trails give us a sense of moving through this vibrant city at night.

Mike’s editing style enhances the energetic portrayal of architecture, traffic lights and public transport.

Mike is a Sony European Imaging Ambassador and the founder of the Shooter community.


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Tobias Baumgaertner

Tobias Baumgaertner is a conservation photographer with a diverse portfolio.

He shoots in stunning location across the globe. Many of his stunning images show us the night world of wildlife and nature.

His stunning nightscapes of the Australian landscape are breathtaking.

In his wildlife portraits, we access special moments of wild creatures, often at nighttime.


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Emmanuel Coveney

Emmanuel Coveney is a fine art night photographer from Québec.

His stunning cityscapes highlight architecture and people often under the curtain of night.

There is a hint of magic in Emmanuel’s images. His gothic subject matter and style remind us how powerful and romantic city streets become at nighttime.


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Eyesboyzinsta (Kyle)

Kyle is a graphic artist and a master of photo manipulation.

This talented visual artist often uses Picsart and Photoshop to merge portraits and night scenes. The results are moody dream-like portraits.

Whatever his subjects are thinking about, they are completely entangled in night visions.


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George Natsioulis

George Natsipoulis is a Greek photographer with a unique vision of night street photography.

His portfolio features atmospheric night scenes, where it’s always foggy and mysterious.

Georges photos often feature lone figures on their journey into the night. His commercial photography also includes beautiful night wedding portraits.


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Matthew Vandeputte

Matthew Vandeputte is a talented timelapse photographer based in London.

His portfolio features shots of the night sky, which are simply out of this world!

Matthew has a great blog on his website that gives helpful tutorials for fellow creators.

His beautiful night sky photography is exemplified in a recent time-lapse, ‘The Cloud Palace’. Check it out yourself in the link below!


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Rachel Jones Ross

Based in the beautiful Canadian Rockies, Rachels Jones Ross captures breathtaking night landscapes.

Her portfolio is full of beautifully captured images of star-filled skies, the Northern lights and the Milky Way.

Rachel offers a range of workshops and tutorials, including an online night photographers course that you can do in your pyjamas!


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Manfred Teh

Manny is a photographer and video creator with a unique take on night photography.

He uses unique angles, perspectives, and creative editing to portray shadowy images of forests and foggy streets at night.

His night photography highlights the uncanny feeling of how familiar places transform into the unknown after dark: places where we cannot be totally sure if we feel safe or not.


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Jeryl’s vast cityscapes are often shot at dusk or night.

He uses architectural elements to frame his breathtaking images of the streets at night.

Jeryl incorporates light trails, fireworks and other elements to highlight movement and colour in the city after dark.


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Danny Sanculi

Danny Sanculi is a Californian neuroscientist with incredible photography skills. His Instagram handle is thelightninja, and it is not difficult to see why!

Daniel has an extraordinary way of capturing night scenes adorned with light trails, shooting stars, and other beautiful bursts of light.

Looking through his images, we are not always sure if it’s our planet or some fantastic vision of a faraway world.

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Dirk Fleischman (Niphisi)

Dirk Fleischman (Niphisi) is a German photographer who captures breathtaking shots with his iPhone.

His portfolio is full of beautiful minimalist scenes, mostly in tones of black and white.

The lonely subjects often provide a moment of colour to a space that seems to exist in a world of infinite night.


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Daniel Laan

Daniel Laan’s mystical landscape photography portfolio is expansive.

Many of his stunning seascapes and ghostly mountainous landscapes are shot at nighttime.

His introduction to his Nightscapes and Aurora gallery gives us an insight into his vision: The magical qualities of the night are unparalleled. As soon as the veil of sunlight fades, the night brings us a unique perspective of our place among the stars.


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Anat Seem

Magic is Everywhere states Anat Seem’s Instagram profile. This is certainly evident in her impressive portfolio of magical night imagery.

In her photos, we observe carefree children’s silhouettes at play against a background of stunning star-filled skies.

Anat’s images invite us into an innocent night world inhabited by fairies and magic.


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Filipe Pinhas

Filipe Pinhas night street photos are brimming with a shadowy atmosphere.

He captures quiet urban portraits of solitary night workers or travellers, often surrounded by fog or mist.

His subjects are usually shot from a distance, about to board the last train home, or on their singular destination through quiet streets at night.


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Brad Hannon

Brad Hannon has an impressive portfolio of stormy sky photography, often shot at night.

The self-described Storm Chaser shows us the dramatic beauty of the night sky at its most volatile.

His dramatic cloudscapes, tornadoes and lighting photography allow us to revel in the awesomeness of nature (from a safe distance!).


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Oliver Wallner

Oliver Wallner’s images are often the result of his photo walks in various cities by night.

His long exposure night photos often focus on means of transport and movement. The bokeh lights of street lamps and traffic at night add an extra thrill.

Oliver is also a sort of night hunter. Objects and toys he finds during his night walk often become subjects of his night portraits.


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Sahil Sharda

The night is a frequent backdrop to Sahil Sharda stunning street and architecture photography.

His work shows the night as an urban playground for creative visionaries.

Sahil is also the founder of Infinite Movements, a Toronto based commercial photography and video team. Their portfolio is another treasure trove of city photography at night.


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Juan Flores

Juan Flores is a landscape photographer based in Indianapolis.

His work highlights the serenity of nature, quite often shot on a calm and still night.

In his night photography, the still waters of lakes or a lonely barn are silent beneath a majestic star-filled sky. In others, the moon takes centre stage as the subject of his beautiful work.


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Spencer Welling

Spencer Welling describes himself as a nyctophile, from an Ancient Greek word meaning a lover of the night. Looking through his incredible night landscapes, it is not difficult to see why!

Spencer is a talented astrophotographer. This is evident from his lunar shots and desert landscapes beneath magnificent views of the Milky Way.

His editing style adds some extra magic to his magnificent night photography.


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Ana Julia Gobbi

Ana Julia Gobbi is a talented night photographer based in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

She shoots in urban areas in the darkest hours of the night.

In her portfolio, we see many shots of high rise apartments with a solitary light on the inside.

This light could be a tribute to those, like Ana, who celebrate the night and create art when most of the world is sleeping.


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Indigos Instagram page is awash with images that conjure up magic possibilities of the night.

Her psychedelic visions give us access to a night world where dreams have become a reality.

Indigos beautiful images often depict people who are literally bathing in the magical realm of night.


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Siroj Ho’janazarov

This talented visual artist describes himself as ‘creating dreams’. This is certainly what comes to mind when looking at Siroj’s visionary images.

His subjects are often in the middle of an epic journey, in a faraway land resembling our own.

We get to see just a snapshot of the hero’s narrative, usually shot under a splendid star-filled sky, night cloudscape or dramatic supermoon.


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Tom Baumgaertel

Tom, a street photographer from Los Angeles, focuses on light and colour.

His night photos show us shadowy silhouetted street scenes, set alight with smears of acid green or pink light.

We are reminded of bleary-eyed walks home from late nights out, not completely in control of our vision.


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Whether you are a digital artist, astrophotographer or street photographer, we hope we inspired you with our list of night photographers.

Now it’s your turn to go out after dark and capture your night photos. Your creative visions may also be transformed by the uncertainty of the night.

Did we miss your favourite night photographer? Drop it in the comments below!

We are always on the lookout for exciting new night photographers. If you’re a night photographer, and you feel like you should be considered for this list, make sure to drop us an email at [email protected] with your bio, website, and Instagram link!

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5 Amazing Night Photographers and The Cameras They Used

Many folks turn away from opportunities to shoot photography at night. Low light, less footfall, and a perceived increase in danger means lots of photographers prefer to shoot when the sun is up. That’s a shame because the eeriness of the night is the perfect shooting ground for creative photography. Thankfully, there are plenty of photographers ready to brave the night, and we’ve featured many over the years. Join us as we take a look at some of the best.

1. Vlad Tretiak Reamins One of the Best Night Photographers

Because of the reduced light, shooting at night can be difficult. It’s especially challenging when you’re shooting with an analog camera. Yet, for Serbian photographer Vlad Tretiak, the process seems like a breeze. His dark, gloomy images are made compelling by the little pops of night light. He shoots all his images with an Olympus OM-10, a camera that’s remained popular since its release in 1979. Check out more images from Tretiak here.

2. Tarik Tosun Makes Night Photographers Proud

New York is a terrific spot for almost every type of photography. When the sun goes down and the cityscape lights come on, the Big Apple comes into its own. It’s at this point Tarik Tosun takes out his trusted Nikon FE2 (a camera that’s a joy to work with) and starts creating. “I’ve been told these photos have a serious Blade Runner vibe, and I can’t say I disagree,” he told us in an interview earlier this year. And we don’t disagree either. In fact, we’re totally in love with the vibe. Take a look at more here.

3. Kate Hook Is the Queen of All Night Photographers

Kate Hook comes up a lot here at The Phoblographer. Why is that? Well, her photography remains some the most innovative we’ve ever featured, especially in the analog section. In 2019, Hook balled us over again with her incredible double-exposure portraits. When asked what tool she used to pull off this series, she told us, “…[I] bought a lovely Nikon F3, which I’ve been using a lot.” A fun fact about the Nikon F3 is that it recently celebrated its 40th birthday and remains popular with new photographers today! Check out more of Hook’s work here.

4. Simon Åslund Gets All Atmospheric

Simon Åslund’s aptly named Night Series was created between 2017 and 2018, and still impresses three years later. To make the images, he blended both film and digital. For the former, he used a Canon A-1, a timeless system that creates dreamy night shots when combined with Kodak 400. His digital work is done with the highly popular Fujifilm X100F. It’s a camera that gives you the speed of digital and the feel of analog. To see more of Åslund’s work, go here.

5. Rainer Wengel Captures the Aurora Borealis

One of the best parts of shooting photography at night is the potential of the night sky. For any astrophotographer, the Aurora Borealis is a dream spot for this type of imagery. We came across the work of Rainer Wengel back in 2017. Aside from his beautiful images, we were intrigued by what camera he used. The Silvestri S4 is a unique large-format camera, which is disgracefully underused. Combined with Kodak ISO 400 film or Fuji Provia 400X, the results are breathtaking. Take a look for yourself here.

More Night Photography

If you were unsure about shooting photography at night, the above selection should get you out. Just because the light is limited, it doesn’t mean that captivating scenes don’t exist. So, if your sat at home, late at night, reading this article, go pick up your camera and shoot! And you can send us your results by using the submission form above.

To see more amazing night photographers, check out our Flipboard storyboard.

All images used with permission. Lead image by Kate Hook.

is the essence of the genre of night photography, its history. Features of night photography, the best photographers working in the genre of night photography

  • History of night photography
  • What do you need for night photography?
  • The most famous authors of night photography

Night photography is a genre of photographic art in which photography is done outdoors at night (dusk to dawn), including infrared or ultraviolet light. Most often, such pictures depict nature, city lights and the starry sky, which brings night photography closer to landscape and astronomical. Also at night they shoot portraits, fireworks, lightning, brightly lit industrial areas, roads with cars, ponds reflecting the light and other objects. A high-quality night photo makes a strong impression and makes you take a fresh look at the familiar world.

History of night photography

Night photography requires a complex technique, so in the early stages it could not take a serious place in photography. Nevertheless, attempts to capture the sky and the city at night have been made since the 1840s. The first successful photograph of the moon was taken by American chemist and experimenter John William Draper. During the second half of the 19th century, two processes contributed to the development of the genre. First, the required exposure time was gradually reduced, which made it easier to shoot. Secondly, electric lighting of city streets spread.

Night photography at the beginning of the 20th century was no longer a rarity. Such works were often published in newspapers and magazines. Many famous masters of the past tried their hand in this genre, for example, Alfred Stieglitz and William Frazer. Significant success has been achieved by Jessie Tarbox Beals, the first female photographer in this genre. In 1932 Brassaï's Paris by Night was published. A British photographer Bill Brandt (Bill Brandt) conducted similar shooting in London during the Second World War.

In the 1970s, the genre became more popular and multifaceted. Some photographers adhered to the traditions of black and white photography - these are, for example, Steve Harper (Steve Harper) and Richard Misrah (Richard Misrach). Other masters began to experiment with color and its transformation after dark. Such are the works of Jan Staller and Joel Meyerowitz. At the end of XX and beginning of XXI centuries. the direction began to develop rapidly due to the emergence of more advanced digital technology. It greatly facilitates the adjustment of devices when working in the dark.

What do you need for night photography?

Shooting night scenes requires more preparation than usual. You need a good SLR camera to take pictures of the starry sky, but any one will do for an illuminated city. A significant advantage for the photographer is that at night the light stays the same for a long time, allowing time for experimentation, while during the day it is constantly changing. Here's what you need for quality night photography:

  • use of slow shutter speeds;
  • fast lenses and small apertures;
  • high sensitivity (ISO) apparatus without noise;
  • high speed film when shooting with a film camera.

Long exposure involves using a tripod to prevent camera shake. Also, night photographers often use flash, which highlights the subject in the foreground.

The most famous authors of night photography

Among the admirers of this genre there are those who completely devoted their creativity to it or chose it as an additional hobby in addition to advertising or landscape photography. Among the most famous authors of night photography, it is worth highlighting the following:

  • Michael Kenna (Michael Kenna). The first photographer to shoot exclusively at night and managed to achieve significant commercial success. He photographed black and white landscapes in the USA, Europe and Japan.
  • Paul Thompson (Paul Thompson). An advertising photographer and owner of his own studio in London, he became widely known for his picturesque night landscapes from his personal project Moonlight.
  • Tom Blachford (Tom Blachford). This Australian is called the master of creating an atmosphere. The architecture in his photographs is full of the mood of a mysterious noir or reminiscent of science fiction films.
  • Darren Pearson (Darren Pearson). The American illustrator and photographer, in addition to classic night landscapes, creates unusual “light paintings” drawn with a flashlight beam using slow shutter speeds.
  • Scott Ackerman (Scott Ackerman). This versatile photographer from Colorado managed to work with film and digital techniques, with black and white and color photos. He finds filming locations within walking distance from home or while cycling.

Night photography is not an easy genre, but with due patience and preparation, incredible results can be achieved. This direction is now more popular than ever before - new amazing pictures of night megacities, the Milky Way and lightning appear every day. Prestigious photo contests and publications on the Internet help keep track of the latest achievements.

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    If you limit your portrait photography to daylight, you're missing out on the chance to get some really cool nighttime portraits for your portfolio. Whether you're looking to get better at shooting portraits at night, or just curious about how to light a night scene from start to finish, you're sure to find something in this article from photographer Sean McCormack.

    Switch off automatic mode

    If you use the camera in auto mode, you will find that one of two things will happen:

    • with the flash turned off, you will get a blurry picture because the camera needs a slower shutter speed at night;
    • or when the flash is on, the camera will limit the shutter speed. And although the subject will be well lit by the flash, the background will turn black.

    In other words: shooting in auto mode is a lose-lose situation, especially if you want to photograph a subject with a great background.

    How to shoot night portraits in auto mode

    With auto mode and the built-in flash, the background becomes quite dark and potentially even completely black

    Night mode

    Fortunately, most cameras have a set of useful scene modes. On the mode dial (pictured below), there are options such as "M" for manual mode and "P" for program mode.

    For night portraits, you need the Night Scene mode. Night mode allows you to use slower shutter speeds, but the flash also fires. Note that the mode will sometimes be referred to as "Slow Flash Sync" instead of "Night Scene Mode".

    So, here's what you do. Set the mode first. Keep in mind that since you will have a slower shutter speed, you will need to keep the camera still, or better yet, mount it on a tripod. Yes, your flash will freeze the subject, but it still needs to stay still throughout the entire shot so it doesn't become transparent around the edges.

    Slow sync/Night scene mode

    Flash slow sync/Night scene mode exposes both flash and background. But be careful: this can cause blurring of the image due to camera shake

    Switch to manual mode

    In manual mode, you can choose aperture and shutter speed to make the background look good or even slightly underexposed. You can then use the auto flash to take a night portrait.

    Hand held shot of a nightclub with the photographer exposed the background. The combination of high ISO and large aperture allowed for fast shutter speeds and helped prevent camera shake. The flash was in TTL mode, the flash exposure was automatically set to

    Next, let's see how you can have even more control over the results. You can already understand that when you select the Night Scene mode, you are actually taking two shots in one. The first refers to the subject and the second to the background.

    Subject Lighting

    To have full control over the lighting of your subject, you need to use off-camera light. It doesn't have to be flash. In fact, it could even be a street lamp. It can also be a continuous light source that you take with you, such as an LED (LED panel).

    However, an off-camera flash gives you maximum flexibility. To remove the flash from the camera, you will need a synchronizer. Some flashes have built-in receivers so you can operate with a simple remote control. You will also need a studio stand or tripod.


    The flash will not affect the background much, so a longer shutter speed is required for a beautiful and bright image (hence the need for night mode). So if you don't want to blur the background, use a tripod. You can also choose more than

    This picture was taken in manual mode and the exposure was set for the background. The external flash was set manually and adjusted up or down as needed depending on the background


    When it comes to shooting a night portrait, the first step is to determine how much of the frame should be in focus. A wide open, like f/2.8, means the background will be out of focus, but also that you can use a faster shutter speed and still get a well-exposed background.

    When using flash, shutter speed is not important for subject exposure, so you should aim to get the correct flash exposure first (before looking at the background).

    Set aperture and ISO first; 400 to 800 will do. Shutter speed can be slower than 1/200s (or whatever camera sync speed is listed in your camera manual).

    Tip: If you can't focus properly, use your phone's flashlight to illuminate your subject's face just enough to focus, then turn off autofocus to lock the focus point.

    Point the flash at the subject and set the flash output to low (eg 1/32 or 1/16). Take a picture and check. If the subject is too bright, turn off the flash, and vice versa. If the subject remains too bright even at the lowest flash setting, try moving the flash away from the subject.

    This image was taken at a shutter speed of 1/250 s, which is the same as the camera's sync speed.

    With the flash fired, you will most likely end up with a black background like the image above. But don't worry. It's only halfway!

    Reduce shutter speed. If you have a preview on your camera, use it. Make sure it's set to simulated exposure so you can see exposure adjustments in real time. As you decrease your shutter speed, you will see more and more of the background.

    A lighter version of this composition (pictured) was shot at 1/30s. Note that the flash exposure on the subject is the same in both shots. Both shots were taken at ISO 1600 and f/4. (In addition, the subject was completely dark, so the photographer asked him to light his face with his phone to focus. He used autofocus to lock focus, then switched to manual focus and asked him to stay still

    If you have a very slow shutter speed, such as 1/15 s or less, try to keep the subject still so it doesn't appear blurry in the image.

    Background Ideas

    Your backdrop can be an interesting building, bridge or even just a street. Find a place with a lot of lights. If you use a wide aperture, they will look fantastic.

    Here the photographer used a wide aperture to get a beautiful background with bokeh

    Using a steady light

    If you bring anything other than a flash to illuminate your subject, you'll have to do another juggling act.

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