I recently visited Tokyo and spent a day at Disney Sea. This is one of the most photogenic places I’ve seen in a long time (I’ll be sharing some of the images I made on Photofocus in the coming weeks). The park (like many tourist destinations) has a no tripod rule. With a little but of pre-planning however, I knew to throw my GorillaPod into my bag.
There were lots of opportunities for nighttime photography, but I wanted to capture longer exposures like this image.
Here was my workflow…
- Find a flat surface to set the GorillaPod on. If not available, I could attach the camera to a railing.
- Set the camera to a smaller aperture to lengthen the exposure (I wanted a longer exposure to lengthen the light sources).
- Set the camera to a lower ISO to minimize noise (I could shoot lower since the camera was stable).
- Use the release timer on the camera. I set it for a two-second delay so I could push the button, then let the vibrations settle to get a sharper image.
- Post-process as needed to sharpen and color correct.
I was quite pleased with the resulting images and received no grief from any of the park staff while shooting.
Rich has published over 100 courses on Lynda.com. Rich has authored several books including From Still to Motion, Understanding Photoshop, Professional Web Video, and Creating DSLR Video.