Open You Eyes To Digital Night Photography With Colourful
Cityscapes And Night Trails
Digital night photography may not be as
popular as normal daylight photography but it offers the opportunity
for amazing and breath-taking pictures.
Photographers usually prefer taking pictures during the
day because they have the benefit of daylight to provide
clear well lit shots.
It is easier for you to capture vibrant colours, scenic views and the
like with the help of the sun.
If you ask around, there aren't to many photographers who choose to
take pictures at night due to the lack of light. But what they don’t
realise is that they are missing out on lot's of spectacular
photo opportunties which occur at dawn
Digital Night Photography
Compared to taking pictures during the day, night
photography is a bit more complex due to the techniques
and camera settings that must be used. There are other pieces of
equipment that you will also need, mainly tripod and
cable release, in order to capture the best night-time
It may seem difficult and complicated at first, but once you get the
hang of it, you'll enjoy using your camera at any time, day or night.
I want to suggest to you a few simple tips and rules
that you should follow and try to apply as second nature. In no time at
all, you will be amazed and excited by
what you can achieve with these digital night photography techniques.
Before you delve into digital night photography
you must first take note of the various types of equipment that you
will need. Most importantly, of course, is your digital
camera. You should be familiar with the operation of
your camera and it's specifications and features in order to get the
best results for your pictures.
One of the additional pieces of equipment that you will need is the tripod.
The tripod is a three-legged device that acts as a stand for the
camera. The tripod is a necessary tool for digital night photography
because it holds the camera in place and avoids blur or
camera shake while taking the picture.
Another important aspect that should be considered when taking pictures
at night is the shutter speed of the camera. Since there is a lack of
light at night, you need a camera that has the ability to provide a longer
shutter exposure so as to allow enough light to enter
your camera's sensor.
In order to render beautiful night shots, it's best if your camera has
a shutter that can be adjusted to stay open for a range of between
3secs-30secs. The longer exposure will help in producing clear pictures
with just the right amount of light.
Tips and Strategies For
Successful Digital Night Photography
When using your camera for digital night photography, the shutter is
usually open for a longer period of time than usual. This makes your
camera even more sensitive to motion such as shaking, blurring, etc.
As well as your tripod it is also advisable that you use the self-timer
of your camera or better still, a cable release.
This is just a device that allows you to operate the shutter remotely,
so as to avoid touching the camera. This will prevent any blur and
noise in your shots that usually occur when using a manual shutter.
If your camera has noise reduction technology,
it's best to make use of it in order to achieve clearer photos during
the low-light conditions at night.
You will also have to manually set the shutter speed that you want to
use as some cameras have varying shutter speeds depending on the mode
Cameras using Auto and Program
Auto presets can cause your pictures to be under
exposed. If your camera uses these modes, then it's best to consult the
user manual so that you'll be able to find a mode that allows you to
adjust the shutter speed as required.
Another digital photography trick that
you can use in low-light conditions is to increase the
ISO. Increasing the ISO from 200 to 400/800 adjusts the
sensitivity of the image sensor. This enhances the anti-blur ability of
your camera. Increasing the ISO is useful if you are having problems
with camera stability as it allows you to use a faster shutter speed
for the same lighting conditions.
Another tip for taking pictures at night is to use as little zoom as
possible. This can cause additional camera shake that can result in
blurriness of the picture. Using the flash for digital night
photography is also not necessary as it doesn't make any difference to
the quality of your pictures. Instead the flash may cause over-exposure
or under-exposure of your images.
If you are just beginning to practice digital night photography, you
could start by using the presets of your camera. Most digital cameras
have a night mode that is designed for
shooting in low light conditions. Once you have mastered this initial
first step, you can experiment with the camera settings and try and
improve your technique.
It's an excellent choice for photographers who are just starting out as
well as those who need a refresher course on basic digital photography
Practice Makes Perfect With Night Photography
Just like with other digital photography techniques, it helps to take
lots and lots of pictures. This will allow you to compare images and
choose the right combination of settings for the perfect shot.
You can then become creative and artistic by incorporating different
effects such as blurring and slow motion to your advantage. Also try
different ISO settings and shutter speeds for added effect. This will
further help you improve your skills and your overall development of
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