14 Essential Tips For Night Photography


The high ISO capability of today's new camera models is a true game changer. It opens up a range of light previously unexplored in the history of photography. Fearing noise, many people unnecessarily limit themselves to the lowest ISO setting and never explore this incredible range of light with all of its unique qualities—and surprises. (Don't fear noise. Instead, read my series of articles.) Try night photography, and you'll quickly realize the camera eye now can show you more than the eye can see. There have been many times now when I make exposures just to see what's out there. Practice the art of night photography, and you'll learn to see in new ways.

What settings should you use when making exposures in low light or at night? Use a tripod and cable release, set ISO to 800 (or higher), open up to ƒ/5.6 or wider, focus at infinity, and keep exposures below 20 seconds. While this is a good starting point, that's all it is, as you'll need to modify settings based on the specific light(s) in a location, the equipment you're using and the effect you want to produce. Instead, ask yourself what concerns do you need to be mindful of, and what points of control do you have when making low-light or night photographs? Develop your sensitivity to these factors, and you'll know why and when to improvise and even what more you can explore. These tips will give you a solid foundation from which to begin your explorations in low-light and night photography.

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  • fotofah

    30.07.2015 at 20:11 Reply

    Just FYI: I tried clicking the link on this page to go to the full post on Digitial Photo Pro, but the link is broken. This was the error message: An error just happened: Component Not Found (http://www.digitalphotopro.com)
    and there was another one displaying this message (error page document not found).

  • ursacamera

    31.07.2015 at 07:01 Reply

    Got the same message as fotofah for all the links to Digital Photo Pro.

  • johnpaulcaponigro

    31.07.2015 at 08:29 Reply

    Thanks! It’s fixed now. DPP moved their servers. I’ll check all the DPP links.

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