When the sun and moon trade places in the sky and night time falls, it doesn’t mean it’s time to pack your camera away for the day. You can still get some wonderful photographs in the dark.
In fact, some of the best photos come under a darkened sky as it makes for an excellent dramatic effect and often shows fantastic contrast when combined with lights in an image.
The moon and stars themselves can pose for some fantastic photos as can lightning strikes, fireworks shows, and meteor showers, etc. If needed, you can always use the aid of accessories such as artificial light sources and flashes while taking night photography.
To get good shots at night with a manual camera, you’ll need to know a little bit about aperture, shutter speed, and ISO settings.
However, most digital cameras will usually come with an automatic setting for night shots. But if the flash comes up automatically and you don’t want to use it, you’ll have to bypass it or manually set the camera.
In fact, many people prefer to adjust the camera manually when taking night photography.
You will have to use a slow shutter speed if taking a photo of an immobile object, or a faster speed with a lower f stop if the subject is moving. It may sound a little confusing, but it’s quite easy once you understand how your settings work.
If you want to go all out in night photography, you may want to use some accessories such as a tripod to keep the camera steady as well as a release cable to hold your shutter open.
If you end up using a high shutter speed, you’ll need to use a long exposure time. Some people like to experiment with night shots and often use an exposure that lasts from a few seconds up to several hours. If you’ve ever seen a photo of a trail of car lights on a highway, it was taken with a longer exposure than normal.
There are many different things you can shoot at night, especially in the city. Night photography is quite popular with tourists as they like to photograph famous sites at night as most of them are usually lit up. While taking photos in the dark, you need to use your common sense and be careful.
Working in pairs is a good idea and don’t wander down unfamiliar streets. You should always take a flashlight with you and make sure you don’t dress in dark clothing as you’ll be hard to see.
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