The three-hour night photography walking tour I took with Miguel and another photographer helped improve my photography.
We meandered through various neighborhoods in and around Lisbon’s central district and up and down its hilly terrain.
We snapped photos of everything from wonderful cityscapes below, to people dining on the streets and squares, to dark alleys with graffiti murals. I got to see pockets of the city I don’t think I would have on my own.
If I had a question, Miguel had an answer. He helped me learn how to better navigate and use my new Sony a74. Even though I’m an experienced photographer, my weakness has always been shooting in low light. Miguel suggested I switch from shooting strictly in manual mode to shutter priority.
At one point, we stood for a time taking photos of street trolleys passing by so I could work on improving my ability to capture motion blur. During the rest of my trip through Portugal, I shot in shutter priority and my night photos looked much improved.
If I can take just one helpful tip away from tours like this, it’s worth it to me. Thanks to Miguel, I’m more equipped to take better low-light shots.