Tip: Night Photography
- Disable your flash
- Use your tripod
- Use your self-timer
By disabling your flash, you can capture rich color detail and motion will show as a blur. Because you are not using flash, you will be using extremely slow shutter speeds making using a tripod a must. With night photography it is easy to create unwanted camera movement when pressing the shutter button. Prevent this by using your self-timer.
In night photography, you want as much light as possible striking the sensor. Use a wide-open aperture, such as f4, to let in the maximum amount of light and an extremely slow shutter speed anywhere from 2 to 10 seconds depending on how much light is available. If your DSLR has a night-synch mode, try using it. Otherwise, use manual mode. Choose an ISO of 100 or 200. Too high of an ISO coupled with long exposures creates grain and noise.
Find a brightly lit night scene. A ferris wheel at a county or state fair makes an excellent subject. With your camera mounted on a tripod and your DSLR set at the above settings, practice shooting night scenes from various angles and shutter speeds. Be sure to bring a small flashlight so that you can see your camera controls.
Written by Ron Kness