Night Photography is a technique that many of us have some sort of love/hate relationship with. If you are looking a great night photo you might start feeling an eagerness to take your camera and capture the night. Once you were there, you might start fighting against the difficulty to capture great night shots. City lights, moonlight, landscapes… each one requires several adjustments your patience. But believe us when we tell you that this technique, will bring you relaxation, excitement and self satisfaction.
The greatest difficulty for a night shooter is the lack of light. It might sound obvious, but in case you don’t have a surgery pulse, you will need to keep the camera motionless. Photos will be better depending on the quality of your camera but it depends on the ISO and the exposure. We will talk in future sessions about this two concepts, but what you need to know right know is that the lower ISO your camera can shoot the better photos you will capture at night.
ince the light we have available is limited, we will need to use longer exposure time. Some cameras have a Bulb mode (shutter stays opened until you want) or other special presets. It doesn’t matter, the idea is to and that’s why we talked about the tripod in the previous point. In fact, the most recommendable tip is to take photos with the timer relase. Shakes are the worst enemies for night shooters.
It’s very normal that the night scene you just took a picture of doesn’t looks like “night” on the screen of your camera. Don’t panic, is not your camera’s fault. Sometimes are just the vapors and other nature or not so “natural” effects like cities atmosphere. Experimenting with white balance and other settings will help you to make your photos really great. You can also apply HDR techniques and lot’s of other tricky tips that we will cover in future sessions.
It doesn’t matter how many tutorials you have read or the quality of your equipment. Practice will help you to develop the skills you’ve learned. So keep learning and practicing but before anything else remember, this is just a hobby and hobbies are made to enjoy and have fun with.
"The Sphere" captured by Jing Magsaysay
Photo captured by James Chew
The twilight zone” captured by Giuseppe Maria Galasso