La nuit américaine
By Thomas PARIS on Saturday, May 16 2009, 11:59 - Permalink
Been playing a bit in a nearby park yesterday evening with a lighting technique known in French as "nuit américaine", which translates literally as "American night" but is really, and much more prosaically, known in English as "day for night".
The idea is to use artificial lighting to take a picture in broad daylight but make it look like as if it was taking at night. As an example, both of these pictures were taken in the exact same daylight:
To think there was a time when I absolutely, definitively refused to even think of using a flash head. Now that I know a lot more about what can be done with those, I wouldn't wanna get caught dead without one in my camera bag.