Tip one: Use a tripod to keep your camera stable (remember if you have a stabilised lens, make sure you turn the stabiliser off when shooting on a tripod). This will allow you to take longer exposures and capture more light. Use a shutter speed of one second or shorter as any longer and the projections on the buildings will blur.

A projection lights up the Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House for Enlighten 2017
Use a tripod to keep your camera stable. Credit: Scott Stramyk

Tip two: Shoot wide to fit the building in and think about your angles as composition is key. You can add interest to your composition by finding water and using it to create a reflection. 

The National Library of Australia features a stunning installation for Enlighten 2017
Shoot wide to fit all of the building in. Credit: Scott Stramyk

Tip three: Focus on the details. There are plenty of exciting lights and objects all around Enlighten. If one building is too crowded, go and photograph something smaller and more interesting. 

Bugs light up Enlighten 2017
There's interesting details to be found all over the Parliamentary Triangle and beyond for Enlighten 2017. Credit: Scott Stramyk

Tip four: Use the lighting on all the projections to help you capture fun and exciting portraits. Get your friends to model for you and angle them so the light looks best.

A girl in a red coat walk through the CLOUD installation made of lightbulbs
Use the installations as an opportunity to create exciting portrait shots. Credit: Scott Stramyk

Have fun with Enlighten and capture the essence of the festivities with light! Share your photos with us by using the #visitcanberra hashtag.

The Canon Collective will be in Canberra on 10 and 11 March hosting a weekend of photography workshops. To book your spot at one of the workshops visit https://www.canon.com.au/collective