I love the architecture in Prague – The architecture is Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque. And it is still there in the same way as people has built it back then. There is so many good spots to take photos, I assumed when walking and exploring the city during the day.
Why? The buildings are all light up way too strong than it is good for the camera. With the bare eyes, the city looks phenomenal but there is not enough dynamic range in the photo to balance out the lights and darks.
It is a lovely city to walk by night, just avoid certain areas if you wish to be OK. I always ask at the reception of the hotel where not to go.
Photography Tip: Bright and Dark areas
I put the aperture compensation to minus 1 at least if there are typical dark versus bright areas. This usually goes for sunsets when there is no light in the fore ground. As mentioned, Prague has some very light up buildings and there are a lot of very bright spots with then on the other hand some very dark areas. To work only with the aperture compensation did not really help a lot.
I left now the aperture compensation at minus one and set the camera in addition to bracketing mode. I did 3 photos and an exposure compensation (EV) of 2. This now means that you have the following 3 auto bracketing: -3, -1, 1.
If now the last and overexposed photo is still way too bright, simply reduce the “anchor point” to minus two by dialing down the aperture compensation. Now, with a decent HDR program, it is way easier to manipulate the brights and darks to create a better balanced photo.