Taking Photos During Night Tips

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A lot of you would rather take photos during the day because at night you can’t figure out how to take beautiful photos, it always ends up with lot of flash and red eyes, or blurry objects. Don’t worry, we have picked out some good advice that will help you out:


Using Flash – NO-NO!


Don’t do it. Use it only you want to shoot an object in the foreground and add some play and motion trails of car lights in the background. An external flash will be the perfect choice then.


Tripod


Before delving into night photography, you need a sturdy tripod. Taking photographs in dim conditions requires long exposures, which means your camera has to be steady at all times. Get one that can handle a heavy camera, preferably made of aluminum (or carbon fiber if you have more money) since it’s both light and durable.


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Time


You should take night photos during dusk because the details and colors are brighter then.


Long exposure


Long-exposure, time-exposure, or slow-shutter photography involves using a long-duration shutter speed to sharply capture the stationary elements of images while blurring, smearing, or obscuring the moving elements.

When using long exposure you are allowing a lot of light into your camera, and that will result in bright night photos. Always remember to use a tripod, because if your hand shakes during the long exposure you will get blurry photos.


If you want to capture moving objects like the cars in the image above, then switch to Shutter Priority. Just select the shutter speed, and the camera automatically selects the aperture.


This mode helps you produce impressive light streaks and dreamy landscapes at night. Once again, test shots are necessary to achieve the effect that you want to create. To shoot colorful trails, you can set your camera to low shutter speeds (from 1/30 down to 30 seconds). Just keep in mind that the slower the shutter speed, the longer the light trails.


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Capture Motion


Try to capture some motion of cars rushing while you are shooting with long exposure, that will give you awesome effects. While the exact settings will change from picture to picture, the ideal settings for night photography is a high ISO (typically starting at 1600), an open aperture (such as f/2.8 or f/4) and the longest possible shutter speed as calculated with the 500 or 300 rule.


Aperture


If you have a long exposure set on small aperture and vice versa.