To many night photography is a hobby and they enjoy its facets from having amazing photos of spooky sites well lit by the moonlight and other amazing features such as the remote desert features. This is a skill hat calls for much patience to perfect. For photographers who have been trying but all in vain, all is not lost. My focus with this insight is to get you right on track and ensure that you enjoy your photo sessions.
5 tips for night photography
- The use of remote shutter release and self timer combined with the bulb mode
Self timer, unlike manual shutter closing, is very effective as pressing of the shutter causes shaking that would ruin the picture quality. A speed of up to 30 seconds can be achieved on the mostly used DSLR’s. If multi-minute exposure is needed it would see you going for remote controlled shutter release with bulb lock. It is a technique mostly used outside the city and will get as much exposure time as desired then, either with a manual stopwatch or a programmable stopwatch. Keeping the lowest ISO for the night photographs is also recommended.
- Test your exposure and composition using high ISO
Much as you are using a low ISO to get the best shot, using the maximum ISO setting to estimate the appropriate distance is the best way to go about it. The next step is multiplying the high ISO with the measured shutter speed then dividing it by the low target ISOgiving the exposure time with low ISO . Lower the ISO to a minimum 1’’ meter reading. Test shots will help you know whether you have the best setting.
- The use of a tripod alongside a low ISO
Obvious as it may sound, tripod use is an accessory any night photographer should never leave behind. A combination with low ISO gives you the clearest photos. The exposure may be long but since you are using the tripod it will not matter most as you can wait till you have the best shot.
- Use of CTO Gels in balancing of ambient light
You are however in no way limited to the raw mode as the CTO Gel allows you to use the flash as it converts the flash light to 2850k that leaves you with a correctly colored, smooth photo.
- Lowering of LCD brightness as well checking of the histogram
depending on the preview, low LCD screen brightness eliminates underexposure. Viewing the histogram and making sure that it is not to theextreme left is a great idea as though normal as it may be for night time photo histograms to be to the left, being excessively to the left will not give the best photo.