Have you ever tried to take a photo at night, outside, and it came out terribly? That’s because taking photos at night is a lot harder than snapping shots during the day. The less light you have to play with, the more compromises you have to make, and the harder you have to work to get a great image.
But we have some top tips for you which will leave you great photos at night all the time.
1. Use a Tripod. A tripod will be your best friend. you will need it to keep the camera steady during the long exposures necessary due to the low light conditions. In fact, as your photography skills grow, you will find that it is almost impossible to live without a tripod.
2. Get a flashlight. Sometimes you’ll want to draw attention to or simply lighten up an important part of the foreground which is too dark.
3. Focus Manually. Despite the constant improvement in technology and modern DSLR cameras, autofocus still won’t do a good job at night, particularly if you’re photographing dark landscapes.
4. Use the mirror lockup function. DSLRs have a mirror, which, when you look through the viewfinder, reflects the image from the lens, so you can see what the lens is seeing. This causes vibration in the camera and can lead to blurry photos. Mirror lockup reduces camera vibration.
5. Use a Lens with Open Aperture. The last tip for better night photography is to use a lens with an open aperture. An open aperture allows more light to enter the camera in a shorter period of time, allowing more of the stars to be registered as well. The most popular lenses for night photography are those which have the possibility of using f/2.8 or wider.