Night photography tips for beginner photographers

We’ve all seen amazing shots of great cities like New York, Amsterdam, or London shot in the night time. But when we whip out our cameras and try night shots for ourselves, they don’t come out as polished or as good as the ones we’ve seen. Professionals have spent countless hours mastering how to take great night photos. And since every professional photographer was once a beginner, everyone can simply put in the hours and get better. To help you achieve amazing night photography shots, here are some useful tips you can follow.

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Always bring a sturdy tripod
Shake is the biggest problem when it comes to photography, and even more so for night photography. Because of dim conditions, you’ll be taking long exposure shots which requires a non-moving camera. Even the smallest movement can ruin a time-consuming shot. Try to look for an aluminum or carbon fiber tripod to avoid carrying heavy equipment when taking photos. If you don’t have one, simply find a place where you can rest your camera on, as long as it’s secure.

Always rely on manual focus
While autofocus works wonders during the day, it’s quite unreliable when taking photos at night. Cameras simply struggle in dark conditions. By manually focusing your camera, you save yourself the problem of the camera randomly focusing on other objects on the viewfinder.

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Switch from high to low ISO
It might make sense to go for a high ISO for night photography, but that just increases the noise on the photos. Even with noise-reduction technology, it still wouldn’t produce crisp pictures than that from a low ISO setting. ISO 400, 800, or even 1600 should be good enough for night photography sessions.

Vijaya Prakash Boggalahas written a number of medical abstracts for scholarly journals. An artisan at heart, he also enjoys the arts and is particularly fond of DIY projects. More on Vijaya’s work and interests here.

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