Reader Assignment: Two Twilights

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photo technique and Photo Synesi ( have teamed up to offer subscribers a discount on an individual portfolio review by David Wells based on the assignment Two Twilights. Subscribers can get a $9 off* a $19 Snap photo review. To get your $9 off coupon code, look for the special code that begins with PTPS on your mailing label. Digital subscribers will find their code on the Editor’s letter page.

After you make the images, visit to participate in the assignment and review process. The coupon is only applicable to this particular assignment. Select reader reviews (written and audio) may, with the photographers permission, be featured on the new website so other subscribers may pick up some tips from a pro!

1. Find a situation where you can see both open sky and some kind of lights/neon/etc. against that same sky. Do this on an evening when the sky is clear so you get the deep blue/purple/orange that make for the best twilight images. In the best of all worlds, the lights will be in the foreground and the sky in the background. To learn the most from the assignment, either do the work on a tripod or try very carefully to make sure all the images are made with the same composition.

2. Photograph the first of the two twilights. Make a few exposures a few minutes before the sky gets to the deep purple that you think of as the best color. Then photograph a few minutes later, as the lights and the background come closer together (in terms of exposure.) Following that, make a few photographs when they sky and the lights look equally bright and finally, photograph a few minutes after that meeting point. Move around to the other side of the lights and line up the lights with the twilight sky. Then repeat the exact same process photographing the second twilight.

Subscribers may submit up to ten images for a discounted Snap Review. The ideal submission will have approximately five images made looking at the first twilight and five images made looking at the second twilight.

What to Submit
Please submit the JPEGs right out of the camera. Do not do any post-production on your images—in the best of all worlds, they will be around 1500 pixels (approximately) on the long dimension. They can be bigger or smaller but try not to make them bigger than 5,000 pixels on the long dimension. Though you may normally shoot RAW files, for this assignment you will learn the most by shooting RAWs and JPEGs and submitting only the JPEG images out of the camera.

Keep in mind that this is a learning process. You may or may not make “masterpieces.” If you find the right venue with the ideal combination of lights and twilight sky you will make images that will really help you understand the magic that is possible when photographing at twilight.

FREE OFFER! We also are giving away 10 FREE SNAP REVIEWS FOR THE ASSIGNMENT! To enter the raffle for a free review, send an email before August 1st, 2012 to: with the heading FREE REVIEW RAFFLE.

Editor’s Note: Although anyone can participate in the assignment, the special discount is for subscribers only. Please visit to subscribe now! Are you in a camera club or Meetup group? Please share this assignment! Watch for the next assignmnet in our September/October issue.

*The deadline for submitting the assignment is August 31, 2012.