If you’re just getting started with blue hour photography, these tips may come in handy:
• The exact time of blue hour depends on your geographic coordinates, so be sure to check the sunrise and sunset times for your area.
• Plan your shoot and ELOPEMENT VIDEOGRAPHY in advance and arrive early. You will need some time to prepare the equipment.
• Mount the camera on a tripod to ensure stability and frame the picture with the horizon and background.
• Try to use a low ISO sensitivity whenever possible to reduce grain and noise in the image.
• During blue hour, you will need to use slower shutter speeds to get your images properly exposed. Shoot in shutter-priority mode or in manual mode so you can manually set the desired shutter speed.
• To achieve sharp images, use the remote control or the camera’s self-timer function. Pressing the shutter-release button can sometimes cause unintended camera shake, resulting in blurred images.
• Take a few test shots and be sure to check the exposure using the histogram to make sure there are no highlights or unwanted shadows.
If you’re shooting with a digital SLR, try High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology. An HDR image consists of several frames taken at different exposure levels, which are combined in post-processing. Some Nikon DSLRs have a built-in HDR mode in which multiple shots of the scene at different exposures are recorded and combined in-camera to create an HDR image.