Honestly Speaking…

I hate shooting during the day, which is funny, because I’m actually a little bit afraid of the dark, but yet still, I prefer to shoot after it’s dark. Why? Because I feel like that’s when things come alive… the lights of the buildings and the city turn on, the lights of the cars turn on, the light of the moon turns on, and the lights of the night sky turn on, both big and small ones. Instead of relying on that big light during the day, you have to strategically use the lights around you now in order to make your photograph. You just see so much more stuff at night than you do during the day. Weird, isn’t it?

The other reason why I prefer to shoot at night is because I find it hard to create good photographs during the day. I’m not saying it’s not possible, or that I can’t do it, I just think that any photograph I take during the day has the potential to look better at night. Another reason is because there’s less people doing it, thus making it only ever so slightly more unique. I mean, how many people do you see with cameras during the day? Now compare that to how many people you see with cameras at night. Significantly less, right? There are also less people who know how to shoot at night. I say that like it’s difficult, but it’s not. It’s simply because less people have done it, and it’s less common, so less people know how to. Anyone can take a shot during the day, but all shots vary heavily at night; making a good nightscape shot all the more interesting.

Even in popular and heavily dense touristy areas, there will almost always be less people with cameras there at night. For example, the mountains are night are completely deserted, even at easily accessible and popular lookout points. There’s a beautiful calm and peacefulness to the whole situation, where all you hear is the sounds of nature and very literally nothing else and all you see is nothing but the stars and the scenery being lit up by a giant rock floating in the sky. And if that giant white rock in the sky is missing, then you’re compensated with more stars than you can even imagine.  It’s all pretty fascinating…

And that’s why, I prefer to shoot at night.