Baltimore Skyline | How To

City skylines are always exciting to photograph and with the winter solstice upon us, now is the best time to grab your camera and head out into the field.

CLICK ON THE IMAGE to zoom into the scene and see the people walking the inner harbor. After zooming around the image for awhile, come back and read how to capture your city skyline …

Baltimore Skyline | © Jay Moore Photography

There are a few things that you need to do to capture an image such as the one above:

  • Get out during the days around the winter solstice since people will still be working in their offices well after sunset and you’ll be able to capture the city with lots of lights still flooding out each window
  • Put your camera on a tripod so you can capture long exposures … The image above was taken with 8 second exposures
  • Set your white balance to ‘Florescent’ … Why Florescent? It’s because the lights within the buildings tend to be florescent, thus changing your white balance to florescent will help render the light from the office building as ‘white light’ versus it having go greenish. Plus, after the sun goes down, a florescent white balance will help turn your sky a deeper shade of blue
  • Take multiple images across the scene by overlapping each image … This will help you capture all the details of the scene. The image above is made up of eight separate images, stitched together to make an extremely large high res image that can be printed up to 10 feet long
  • Combine your images in Photoshop
  • Make sure dress warm  … And have fun.

One Response

  1. Judi

    Love this picture. Is it for sale? you do beautiful work. Really love your shots!

    April 6, 2013 at 9:00 pm

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