How To Capture Blue Hour(Twilight):
* Picking your spot:
Blue hour generally starts about 30-45 minutes after sunset. This will vary depending on your location on Earth, and the time of year. You probably want to plan to get to your spot just after sunset, to give yourself enough time and light to set up and try some test shots. I have found the best subject for blue hour photos is a well lit building/Architecture/Monuments.
Check Here Your City/Country Blue Hour Time
* 2 Blue Hour Time:
Yes, there are two blue hours – the morning one and evening one. I usually prefer the later one Coz in the evening there is more life in the cities – more artificial lights, cars driving on the roads, people walking around (great for long exposure shots) and most of the landmarks are beautifully lit.
Our eyes don’t see the light like digital cameras do. Most people don’t realize that after sunset when the sky becomes dark, you can still bring our blue colors of the sky using longer exposures.
* There is no rule what camera settings are best, but here are a few tips that will make it easier for you:
•Keep your ISO low for best image quality and for longer shutter speeds.
•F-stop should be closed down to about f/11 or f/16. This will give you enough depth of field plus it will create cool star Burst effects on artificial lights Plus Much Sharp Images.
•The shutter time is the least important and can be adjusted according to f-stop and ISO. Personally I prefer longer exposures (5 Seconds to 13 Seconds) that give nice motion effects like lines of the cars driving by or moving clouds and Even Proper Exposure to My Shots as Well give so Smooth Blue Hour Feel too…
•Camera mode can be either Aperture priority or Manual (I prefer Manual Mode)
•The Night/blue hour photos should be slightly under-exposed – its darkness after all.
•White balance. Try out different WB settings and see how it affects the colors. If your camera has a live view mode you can instantly see how the change of WB affects the photo. If you shooting on RAW so don’t worry about WB coz you can change it later on Camera Raw Processing. (At the time of Editing Basically, first you want to adjust white balance/color temperature. Use your RAW editor’s slider and see what looks good. Basically, you want to remove any color casts created by ambient lighting sources. Again, the most common will be red. Move the slider until the red cast is gone, and points of light appear ‘white’.)
•Shutter Click on Timer or Wireless Remote or Wired-Cable to Avoid Shake.
•Suggest You to Shoot on RAW coz You have more Flexibility Later on while changing/Converting your RAW to Jpeg…If you Shooting on JPEG then take some Test shots for Check your Correct WB and Shutter Speeds…
•Try to take 3-4 Different Exposure and Aperture Blue Hour Shots. And Decide after go home which 1 is Better. After sometime you will know What Settings more Suitable for Blue Hour Shots.
•Use of Tri-Pod Compulsory…Coz you shooting Long Exposure and Tri-Pod help you to Compose your Frame Easily and Steady your Shot.