Night scene of Times Square by Rex Dolby (Photo submitted)
Night scene of Times Square by Rex Dolby (Photo submitted)

The Wassenberg Camera Club’s next meeting will be held Thursday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Wassenberg Art Center at 214 S. Washington Street. “Night Photography” will be the competition theme. For a $1 entry fee, members may submit three 4-inch x 6-inch prints or jpg slides. Pictures must include the competition name, slide title and owner’s name. Please email slide files no larger than 1-megabyte each to: no later than Tuesday, Feb. 11. Winners must be present to receive awards.

The program that evening will be on Special Effects. Three techniques will be discussed. Ghost Photography (how to make images transparent), Bokeh (how to produce a soft, blurred background), and Starbursts (how to show rays of light).

All Wassenberg Camera Club meetings are open to the public and anyone, regardless of skill level who has an interest in photography is encouraged to attend.

Night Photography might be defined in two different ways. One could say it is that time when the sun is below the horizon, or it’s the time between dusk and dawn. Either way, the sun’s rays might be visible on high peaks, buildings or clouds, but the sun itself would not be seen.

All sorts of shooting opportunities arise during this time. City streets and buildings may become more vibrant, rising and setting suns often paint rich colors on the clouds and bodies of water, storms may produce dramatic lightning flashes, outdoor concerts and sporting events can afford lighting not available at other times, moon and star pictures can’t be taken at any other time, and fair and amusement park rides can provide interesting light patterns. With a little thought, there’s many other opportunities you can add.

The purpose, or subject of your picture, will determine whether you will shoot early to gain the light and color to decrease the difference between the lights and their background, or late to emphasize that contrast. In either case, the tripod will be needed to assure a sharp image. Activating the image stabilization and noise reduction and/or using the self-timer or cable release will also improve the sharpness.

Many cameras have a low light or nighttime setting. Activating it will help with exposure. Auto focus is not accurate in low light, so use your manual settings. Take a flashlight with you for changing camera settings in the dark and an extra set of batteries for the camera. Misunderstandings can happen after dark, so you may want to inform law enforcement and/or property owners of your presence and intent before setting up to shoot. It should be an interesting evening. See you at 7 p.m. on the 13th.

If you have any questions regarding our camera club, classes or programs or would like to sign up please call the Wassenberg Art Center at (419) 238-6837, email: or register for classes online at:

Hours during exhibits are: Tuesday through Sunday 1–5 p.m. The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 South Washington Street in Van Wert.