Ian Robert Knight
Travel Photographer, Canada
Preparing lamb skewers
Some photo tips for shooting in a night market:
- If you use Auto ISO, you’ll be able to shoot the scenes that change from dark backgrounds to bright spotlights
- Keep an eye on your aperture – sometimes you’re going to want a large aperture to focus on one person in a crowd, and sometimes you’re going to want a medium aperture to capture the crowd
- Look for individual stories amongst the crowd of people. Single out one specific person and watch them, and tell their story
- Shoot with a wide or standard lens (24 to 50mm range) for crowd shots, and shoot with a medium telephoto for close-ups of people (105 to 200mm range)
- Avoid using flash – it will be too disruptive
- Shoot some crowd shots overhead, by holding your camera above your head at arms length, to get a sense of the crowd size
- To keep your black backgrounds black, shoot at -1 EV or -2 EV, depending on the darkness of the scene
- Taste the food!
Ian Robert Knight Photography
Ian is a professional photographer, specializing in travel editorial and street photography. Find out more about Ian's background and experiences in the bio page here.
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