Night Portraits

I decided to test out a few new photography techniques, shooting at night, using car headlights to light to subject, and using a crystal prism to create unique light streaks and reflections. These are the results. I really haven’t been taking photos for very long, so most all of these techniques and styles were brand new to me and It was a total “shot in the dark”…literally! But, overall I’m very happy with how they turned out, I’m looking forward to pushing my skills even further in the future with the things I’ve learned form this shoot.



I basically just combined some of the different techniques and styles that I’ve been wanting to test out and put them all together in a photoshoot. I took a bit of Inspiration from Brandon Woelfel, he’s the one who had brought up the idea of using car headlights to take backlit photos. It was a bit different actually using headlights than I had thought, but I started to get the hang of it in no time!


Hardware- Nikon D5200, Nikon 50mm 1.8 lens, Crystal prism, Volkswagen Jetta Headlights

Software- Adobe Lightroom

Process- The model and I just kind of went with the flow, it was hard to tell if it was even working at all because it was so dark. Then through Lightroom editing, I was able to bring the photos to life!






This project is brand new so I really haven’t had much of a response yet, the responses I have received so far have been super positive though!

I learned a fair amount from this shoot, primarily along the lines of editing low light photos, but also how to properly light a photo in the dark. I also started to figure out how to properly use the prism to create a cool light/ reflection effect, although I have a feeling it will be totally different when used in the daylight.

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Collin Murray

Originally from Wisconsin, I’m currently going to school in Detroit, Michigan at the College for Creative Studies. I study Industrial Design in school, but in my free time I love capture moments through my camera.

Check out my other photography work on Instagram @collinjmurray or my Behance