Filtering by Category: Night Photography

Yasmin Tajik’s Desert Milky Way

  by M. Gertz       Category Featured Photographer, Night Photography       Tags Yasmin Tajik, MeFOTO RoadTrip, astral photography, light painting
 © Yasmin Tajik

 © Yasmin Tajik

Looking up at the night sky into the light of the stars is an awe inspiring experience no matter where you are. Astrophotography can be tricky to get right, but with a little experimentation, can be one of the most rewarding images to make.

Yasmin Tajik is the woman behind Shalimar Studios, a Las Vegas wedding and portrait photography studio. She recently shot this image of the Milky Way in the Nevada desert, which combines astrophotography with terrestrial light painting. Her MeFOTO RoadTrip in black kept her camera steady while the stars revealed themselves.

She says that she finds inspiration all over - in people, landscapes, music, and movies to name a few, but that one image that stands out to her is Steve McCurry’s Afghan Girl, of National Geographic fame.

"My family is Pakistani and my father grew up very close to the refugee camp where that image was captured.  Because I am from that culture that image spoke very deeply to me and struck a cord.  I have since pursued a specialty with the South Asian market, photographing their portraits, weddings and events.  If you look through my portfolio you'll see a heavy influence of South Asian images giving a nod to my culture and heritage."

If you can believe it, this is Yasmin’s first attempt at astrophotography, although if all goes well, it won’t be her last! "As a matter of fact," she says, "I'll be hiking through the Himalayas next year up to Everest Base Camp and plan to take my MeFOTO to capture the Milky Way framed by the Himalaya Mountains and hopefully Everest."

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Matthew Cooper's Beasts of the Castle: MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category Giveaway, Night Photography, HDR Photography       Tags MeFOTO Giveaway, Instagram giveaway, HDR, HDR photography, Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom

Last Friday's BackPacker winner, Matthew Cooper, specializes in HDR images of Walt Disney World.

For those new to the term, HDR or High Dynamic Range photography is a popular technique used to capture photos with a greater range between the lightest and darkest areas than a regular camera can usually capture. As you've probably experienced, cameras have a hard time with contrasty scenes, like big landscapes with bright skies or portraits in sunlight. HDR allows us to create images that look more like what our eyes actually see.

When shooting for HDR, multiple images are taken at different exposures and then combined in an image editing software. The final image highlights the best part of each photo.

"I took this photo at the entrance to the Be Our Guest restaurant in the Magic Kingdom. I framed the gargoyle to help create foreground interest and bring depth to the photo leading up to the castle in the back. It's a 5 exposure bracket blended in Photomatix and processed in Photoshop." - Matthew

Randy Miller's Under the Pier: MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category Giveaway, Night Photography       Tags Randy Miller, Scripps Pier, MeFOTO Giveaway, MeFOTO Backpacker, Instagram giveaway

One night photography class and Randy Miller was hooked! So much so that he started Night Photography Lovers, a popular Meetup group in the San Diego area.

11/15/13's winning photo was the happy result of a night of experimentation.

"This is one of my first night photography photos taken at Scripps Pier in LaJolla, CA. I set my camera on the back wall of the pier with my iPhone to keep the photo somewhat level" - Randy

Randy used his Canon XT set at f8 with an ISO of 200 to snap this 30 second exposure.


Scripps Pier is has reputation for some of the best surfing in La Jolla Shores. Check out the beach on the Scripps Institute of Oceanography's Pier Cam


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Frank Lopez's Tunnel of Light: MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category Giveaway, Night Photography, Travel Photography       Tags Frank Lopez, MeFOTO Giveaway, instagram giveaway

Los Angeles native, Frank Lopez, focuses most of his photography on night-time, long- exposure shots of LA. He took this winning black & white image complete with stunning light trails one night while exploring the tunnels downtown.  

"This photo was taken by placing my camera on the floor to get a low angle of the cars driving out of the tunnel with a 15 second long exposure. " - Frank


Light trails might seem daunting if you're new to night photography, but capturing these spectacular images is surprisingly easy. Here's some tips to try it yourself.

See more of Frank's Photos on Flickr

Using a MeFOTO Backpacker as your 2nd or 3rd Tripod for Night Photography

  by Marketing MAC Group       Category Night Photography       Tags MeFOTO Backpacker, NYC, lomo belair 6-12, mamiya 7ii, nikon d700, toyo vx125

©Matt Hill
4x5" 4-minute exposure shot with MeFOTO Backpacker

I bring along a MeFOTO Backpacker on every night photography shoot I do. Why? It's perfect as the tripod for my second or third camera.

Wait? Second or third tripod? Is this guy crazy. In a word, yes. But not because I bring two or three cameras and tripods. This is logical.

My top reasons for using a MeFOTO Backpacker as my second or third camera for night photography:

  1. Lightweight: Does not add a lot of extra weight to the tripod bag
  2. Small: Being so tiny when folded makes room for other stuff like other tripods, umbrellas, softboxes and more.
  3. Ideal for film cameras: I use a Mamiya 7II (6x7cm film), LOMO Bel-Air X 6-12 Cityslicker (6x12cm film) and Toyo VX125 (4x5" film)- lightweight cameras well within the maximum weight capacity of  8.8 lbs. If you use a mirrorless digital camera, this is also ideal for you, but check out the maximum height to make sure it's comfy for your style. 
  4. Steady: My film exposures tend to be anywhere from 15 minutes to 2 hours. The MeFOTO Backpacker is solid as a rock, and looks good, too.
  5. Increased Productivity: If a digital exposure takes, on average, 2 - 8 minutes - what am I doing during those exposures? Using my second and third cameras to double and triple productivity! A-ha!

I bought my Backpacker tripod as soon as I saw the color. Yeah. I know. But I immediately also saw the above characteristics as a benefit and started using it on every shoot. Below, you can see the same shot on two cameras shot simultaneously. Double down and win!

Film exposure on LOMO Belair X 6-12, 4 mins at f/8 with MeFOTO Backpacker Tripod
Model: Heather Whatever. © Matt Hill from NIGHT PAPER series

Digital exposure on Nikon D700 + 14-24mm f/2.8 / 1 min at f/8 with primary tripod

Model: Heather Whatever. © Matt Hill from  NIGHT PAPER series

Toyo VX125 4x5" Film Camera at Great Sand Dunes Park in Colorado. © Matt Hill

Excuse the noise in this photo, it was warm and heat plus digital sensors = noise.

Believe it or not, my Toyo VX125 (only 5.5 lbs) handles really well. Here is an action shot from the Great Sand Dunes in Colorado during a 2 1/2-hour exposure I made, which sadly was too little on the new moon; there is no foreground detail and I had no interest in meeting the local wildlife.

The resulting image from the 4x5" camera. Not spotted for dust and processing chemistry artifact after scanning (sorry!). © Matt Hill

My green MeFOTO Backpacker in action at the 69th Street Transfer Bridge on NYC's West Side. © Matt Hill

It's also very good at low angles, as you can see below.

Film exposure on LOMO Belair X 6-12, 2 mins at f/8 with MeFOTO Backpacker Tripod

Model: Falana Fox. © Matt Hill from NIGHT PAPER series

Tack-sharp 4x5 image from Central Park in NYC, shot on a MeFOTO Backpacker tripod. © Matt Hill

Now please, pretty please check the weight of your camera before considering getting a MeFOTO Backpacker as your second or third tripod. Make sure it's 8.8 lbs or less to be safe. If you are using a film camera (and not a telephoto lens), chances are that you will be A-OK.

Matt Hill is a Night Photographer, Cut Paper Artist, Educator and MarCom Manager at MAC Group.

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