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Tips for shooting at night

October 29, 2015

 

 

One of my favorite things to photograph is the night sky. I love excaping city lights and staying up late to take pictures of the stars. I am continually trying to improve my skills but have learned a few things along the way that I'd love to share with you! Read along to see my tips:

 

 

Night Photography Tip 1: Get high quality images
To get the best quality of an image I suggest shooting in RAW. A RAW image will contain as much information as possible and will give you more to work with in post processing

Night Photography Tip 2: Use a tripod
So naturally when you shoot at night there is less light than there is when shooting in the daylight. Because of this you need to shoot at a slower shutter speed. Typically I shoot around 30 seconds.

Night Photography Tip 3: Pick location in advance
Let me tell you it is an aweful idea to decide where you want to shoot at night last minute. Unless you come upon something by chance and know what will be in your image it is not a good decision. Since its night its often hard to see farther away and what is all going to be in your background of your photo. So, pick a good location prior in the daylight.

Night Photography Tip 4: Settings
I always shoot in manual mode because I am more comfortable controlling the settings myself. The camera is smart but it really doesnt know what its doing at night. I typically shoot with a narrow aperture depending on the lens but typically around f/16, this will ensure a deeper depth of field, so your shots are sharp from foreground to background and then I adjust the shutter speed until the exposure level is in the middle and I know the photo will be perfectly exposed. Use manual focus and set to infinity (∞). When I was first trying to take night pictures I could not figure out how to get the pictures in focus and sometimes I still struggle and will have to make slight adjustments from the infinity setting. The key is to zoom in on your photo after youve taken it and see if everything is sharp.

Night Photography Tip 5: Don’t touch your camera!
No matter how hard it might be try not to bump your camera. Long exposures are able to really pick up motion blur so this is another good reason to use a tripod. For shots that rely on accurate timing, use a remote release instead
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