Moonlight Photography

…Read about Melissa’s most recent RedBalloon Experience.

Working for RedBalloon certainly has its perks. Especially when you buy a DSLR camera and you only use the automatic settings on it.

Like most people, I feared the manual settings of my camera. But after one Night photography lesson  I walked away feeling inspired, confident and ready to explore my camera and start taking even more wonderful shots.


The lesson starts off near the lovely Opera house. Ben our instructor gave clear instructions and explained the AV mode on our cameras. We also learnt about depth of field, exposure, using movement and white balance.

This shot was done with a high aperture and slow shutter speed. When there is movement in the shot the shutter speed will blur the moving object. I personally love this effect.

Personal Fave!

High Aperture, slow shutter speed.

Next we made our way to a secluded location that had a lovely view of the CBD where Ben taught us about creative lighting techniques. This was my favourite part of the night. Check it out!

Personal Fave!

Personal Fave!


It’s amazing what you can do with a torch, a tripod and slow shutter speed.


After that we made our way up to the freeway, to start taking some photos of moving vehicles, see photo below.

Moving Cars!

Moving Cars!

Yes, they’re moving cars. This is when we learnt about long exposure techniques.

We then took some more photos of the lovely Sydney Harbour, we had an amazing view and this location was the perfect place to get an amazing night landscape shot.


Ben then went on to explain about ISO and getting the right settings for your camera. We learnt how to tell if the ISO is too high or too low.  We got time to play around with the ISO settings on our camera and the shutter speed.

After taking a few photos and testing my ISO I found the perfect settings for my night landscape shot. You know what they say practice makes perfect!

Practice makes perfect

Practice makes perfect


Majority of the course is shot with a tripod so make sure to bring a reasonable sized tripod and a torch as you really don’t want to miss out on the creative lighting techniques part of this course.

We learnt so many more techniques during this course! Ben also spent some time explaining the best way to take a photo if you don’t have a tripod and gave great tips on what our shutter speed should be to make sure that we don’t have camera shake in our photos.

After this Lesson I was so proud of myself and I couldn’t wait to show these photos to my friends and family. Long gone are the days of the using the automatic settings on my camera.

So if you have brought a DSLR camera and are still using the automatic settings on the camera, my suggestion would be to do a night photography course. If I can do it I know you can. = )

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One Comment

  1. Posted January 14, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    Hi Melissa!

    Thank you so much for sharing your review on this popular experience with your blog readers. We are so happy that you enjoyed your evening of photography and learning and that you walked away taking so much with you. We love your shots and Ben enjoyed having you along with the group as his pleasure. We look forward to seeing you again in future for another fun workshop!

    Warm regards

    Wendy Linnet
    Sydney Photographic Workshops.

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