Tips for night photography from expert shooter Hendrik Paul
Hendrik Paul made this photo on a night train in Poland using lighting as his flash. Photo © Hendrik Paul.

5 Tips for Taking Amazing Photographs at Night

Tips for night photography from expert shooter Hendrik Paul

Fine art photographer Hendrik Paul is best known for his surreal black and white landscapes of the Marin Headlands, but he also likes to venture out at night to take ethereal images in both urban and rural settings.

Here our most accomplished night shooter shares his tips for night photography, from the best equipment to use to the best time to shoot, so you can start taking beautiful photos at night!

Jens Closer Hendrik Paul landscape photographer

Landscape Photographer Hendrik Paul Straddles the Old and New

Jens Closer Hendrik Paul landscape photographer

Hendrik Paul straddles two worlds: He grew up in Mill Valley, CA, where he took his first photography class in eighth grade. He spent his free time hiking on Mount Tamalpais and soaking up the northern California landscape, but his roots are firmly planted on a 500-year-old farm in Germany.

“It’s such a different life from how we live, this small farming community, living off the land. The men went out and did the field work and the women did the cooking. It’s still quite antiquated compared to California or America,” says Hendrik.

Martin Lesinski on Hendrik Paul’s Show, Light From Within

Black and white photography

I’ve been to a banquet­—Hendrik Paul’s new show at The Image Flow, Light From Within. It’s a show with crescendos of excitement and photographs that grant the viewer entry into the personal vision of an emerging voice. There are some many faceted gems here. As with any emerging photographer, about one third of the show consists of classic image making. Though masterful, as classic uses of composition, light, tonal value, subject matter, etc., they are images that don’t add anything new to the vocabulary of photography and don’t clear his unique voice. However, these are silenced by the majority of the show, which consists of images that not only add words and phrases to photography’s vocabulary, but also employ these additions to convey stories of genuine seeing.

What’s happening at The Flow?

Here are just a few of the things that are keeping us busy.

EVENTS

The Jones Family by Liz Hingley, on behalf of Save The Children The Jones Family by Liz Hingley, on behalf of Save The Children

The Image Flow hosted the live judging of PhotoPhilanthropy’s Activists Awards on Saturday. It was a full and fascinating day! Close to 50 photo essays were critiqued and culled down to finalists by a panel of 5 impressive judges: Margaret Aquirre, Phil Borges, Alexa Dilworth, John Isaac & Denise Wolff.  A winner and 2 finalists were awarded in each of these three categories:  Amateur, Student and Professional. Liz Hingley’s image (above) was part of a series that won The Activists Award in the Professional Category.