Night Photos in Red Square

Night photos in Red Square, Moscow on a warm summer's evening.

When it comes to photography night time is the right time. If you’re looking to make good pictures at night Red Square in Moscow offers amazing opportunities.

There’s something really special about the night. Time seems to move at a slower pace and the world around us seems to quieten.

What’s more your senses seem to heighten as the night approaches and, as a result, you become more aware of what’s going on around you.

I’m sure this kind of awareness has been programmed into us since the days of our hunter gatherer ancestors.

It’s at times like this when I feel I’m experiencing the world at a deeper level, which is a great help when it comes to focusing my attention on creative endeavours.

Entrance, St. Petersburg, Russia

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Into Red Square We Marched

Red Square in Moscow is an amazing place, particularly at night, and being in Red Square was an absolute highlight of my time in Russia.

I have memories from my teenage years of the colorful onion shaped domes atop St. Basils Cathedral. I guess it was the stock image of that time used to illustrate so many TV news reports on Russia.

I made the picture at the top of this post with the iconic St. Basil’s Cathedral just behind me and to my right. The walls to the Kremlin are clearly evident on the left side of the photo.

I spent hours in Red Square on an evening when it was packed with a steady throng of tourists moving through the space.

I included people in some photos and lifted my tripod up to exclude them in others.

In this case I position myself behind a temporary barrier so as not to have any people walking in front of the camera when I made the photo.

Vibrant colors of major Moscow landmarks, close to Red Square, at night.

Behold! The Dynamic Duo Of Light And Color

Light and Color are intractably bound together in the photos we make. However, to reveal the color of your subject you must light it.

There are several reasons, other than the iconic nature of the structures themselves, why Red Square is such an incredible place for night photography.

  • Many of the buildings and structures around the square are illuminated.

  • The light brings out the color, shape and texture of those structures.

  • The structures are, by their nature, colorful. The onion shaped domes of St. Basils Cathedral, for example, feature green, yellow and blue hues.


A night photo of the magnificent St. Basil's Cathedral in Red Square.


Red Square Night Photos

The key to great night photography is to ensure that you are photographing interesting subject matter that’s well lit.

To take this notion a step further try not to think so much about the building in question, but about the light that illuminates it and what that light reveals.

For example, you might want to consider the following:

  • The composition (e.g., color, shape and texture) that’s inherent to the structure.

  • The story that building suggests about power, majesty, state or religion.

The vestiges of Russian power, both historical and contemporary, are clearly evident in Red Square. Rich in history it’s an amazing place to visit and a lot of fun to photograph.

Melbourne Night Photography Workshop

I run a popular Night Photography in the City of Melbourne Workshop throughout the year.

Do you live in or around Melbourne, Australia? This could be just what you need to elevate your photography up to the next level.

It’s a fun, informative and creative experience and includes a specially prepared eBook to help you prepare for the workshop, it’s great value.

What’s more the entire session is conducted outside and is 100% hands on. Just you, your camera and little old me to help you make amazing photos.

If you’d like more information feel free to contact me directly.

It’s an informative and fun session during which I’II be able to help you along your own, unique creative path.

Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru