At BetterPhoto, instructor Deborah Sandidge is one top photographer who considers twilight one of her most favorite times to photograph. Check out her beautiful "Quiet Evening in Rome" photo here, plus her thoughts below.
At twilight, Deb says, "the sky is often the most beautiful blue. For this scene, the light was balanced between the night sky and all the city lights for just a few minutes. The water under the bridge seemed to soak up the most amazing reflections, creating a very painterly image. Early morning and late evening is the perfect time to walk along this section of the pedestrian bridge. The view is always impressive. Long exposures at twilight paint the water with golden light, giving it an entirely different texture and color than during the day.
"I used an inexpensive but sturdy tripod called a Joby Gorillapod to make this picture. It easily holds a heavy camera and lens still during exposure. A cable release or self timer works well to reduce vibration that could be transferred to the camera during exposure. Placing the tripod directly on the widest part of the ledge on the bridge allowed for the best angle.
"Another thought involves white balance settings. A setting of Automatic created a very cool look, while Sunny, which was used here warmed things up bit and made the scene more inviting. If you have Live View on your camera, you can scroll through the various white balance settings to see which one gives you the look that will complement your visual story.
Finishing touches from Nik Viveza 2 made it easy to quickly brighten and darken selected areas without complex masking."
Note: Like these ideas? Then join Deb Sandidge for her online Photoshop courses Photoshop - Enhancing Digital Images and Creating Works of Art and Digital Infrared Photography.