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The Enthusiast's Guide to Night and Low-Light Photography, 1st Edition by Alan Hess

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37. WHY I LOVE PHOTOGRAPHING BY WATER

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I AM VERY LUCKY to live in Southern California. Not only is the weather great, but living close to the ocean gives me access to great scenery for night photography. Water is a fantastic foreground for night photography because it can be turned into a silky smooth surface that reflects any light, creating great images.

I have two tips for when you’re shooting close to the water. The first is to use a long shutter speed so that the water looks smooth, and the second is to explore different shooting angles until you find the spot at which you can pick up the reflection of the light on the water.

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