We headed north to Blues Point Reserve to have a Sydney Harbour night photography workshop. Blues Point Reserve is located in North Sydney; towards the end of Blues Point Road, McMahon’s Point.
The sky was blue and the sun stretched across it. Sydney was blessed with beautiful weather that day. We arrived at Blues Point Reserve in the afternoon. There was still broad daylight and groups of people were fishing and relaxing around the area, enjoying the perfectly beautiful day. Many who came to the night photography workshop have never tried to take proper night photos before. I think the digital and smart phone cameras are making us very lazy. It’s not very hard press the camera button on fully automatic settings, is it? But wanted to be that person who can take sharp, nice photos at night, capturing the amazing city light manually. In order to do that, we need a good camera, a tripod and steady hands… in this case, a good teacher as well.
J helped everybody set up the tripod and choose the right camera settings for landscape Photography. It was still not dark enough for night photos yet but it didn’t stop me shooting because I had this stunning model right in front of me – The Sydney Harbor.
Slowly, the sun started to go down. Sydney sky changed into different impressive colors and I shot continuously before the sun vanished completely.
As it turned darker and darker, more people with cameras and tripods emerged. Blues Point Reserve Sydney is not just a pretty spot. It is THE for awesome Sydney Harbour photography at night.
It was pitch black. We set longer shutter speed for correct exposure. And here you go: those were my first few, presentable Sydney night shots. Totally not embarrassed to say, I’m quite happy with them!
This is a picture of Luna Park @ Milson’s Point from a distance. Next time, I’ll get closer to shoot the turning wheel:).
Sydney Harbor Bridge and Opera House at night:
Notes from Sydney Harbour Photography Session:
Using tripod: In order to take sharp, colorful night photos, you need to keep the camera still.
Long shutter speed: As it gets darker, you need to let as much light as you can reach its sensor. Use longer shutter speed to shoot in the low light.
Aperture: If you want sharp landscape photos, use smaller aperture like f11 or f16.