Night Photography Tips Camera Settings

Dan Eitreim

February 16, 2015

The word photography actually means “writing with light”, so when we say that in photography light is everything – it’s not just a random statement, we’re serious.

Unfortunately, too many budding photographers take that literally and when the sun dips below the horizon, they pack up their gear and go home. This is a big mistake! There is still enough light in the sky for about an hour or so after the sun drops to take photos. In reality, that time of day creates some of the most stunning portraits ever! In fact, it is often referred to as the golden hour.

But there’s more! Even after the golden hour is done, you can still take photos of city lights, stars and so on. You can even light your subject with a flashlight! There are many ways to capture light after “dark”! Creating incredibly beautiful shots at night isn’t as hard as you may think and the results will be well worth the time and effort.

Good news, you won’t even have to buy a bunch of new gear. Once you are comfortable with some basic night photography concepts and techniques, you’ll be able to do high quality night photos with basic equipment.

Grab your camera’s manual – yes, that book that you threw into the junk drawer – and actually go through it. You’ll be surprised at the amount you will learn. Pay particular attention to the sections on working with a slow shutter speed. Then, grab your camera and a tripod and practice taking some long exposure shots. Get a feel for how long you have to keep the shutter open at various degrees of darkness. In no time, your nighttime photos will be winning awards at the local photo contests!

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