Want to make scenes look different without taking a trip to the photo shop? Here’s what you will need: a tripod, camera that goes to Bulb setting on the shutter speed dial, slightly-wider-than-50mm lens, flashlight and really good friend. Once you have assembled your “kit”, find a suitable subject that you can light with your flashlight. Then turn on live-view and manually focus on your selected subject. Lock the shutter open or hold down the shutter-release button while moving the flashlight about on the subject.
If you’re planning to add a bit of moonlight to the scene, consider asking a friend to hold black paper over the disc of the moon for about 1/2 of the exposure time. Think of your photo buddy as a living neutral density filter which means you could be into this photo shoot for a dinner. Remember to bracket the exposure time just as you will bracket the time you spend taking away the food you ordered from the restaurant. Yes, it’s worth it and just imagine the fun you will have when you casually answer the inevitable “how did you get that picture?” question with
“oh, it’s just my deep photo knowledge and skill.”