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Night time Photography Tips

Tips for night time photography.

1) Use a tripod or set your camera on something steady that doesn’t move.

2) Set your ISO higher than you do for daytime photography. 800 is a good starting point.

3) Get some depth of field. If you’re not photographing people, try to stay at about F/8 or higher.

4) Don’t be afraid to drop your shutter speed low, really low. You might have to leave your shutter open for 30 seconds or more if it’s really dark. That’s why you need a tripod. This is where most people fail. They’re not patient enough.

If there are moving things in the scene they could give you some very interesting results.

5) This goes against what I usually preach but here goes; take lots of pictures. Take a picture, vary the exposure a little bit using the shutter speed and take another picture.

 

And that’s about it. Yep, it’s that easy.

 

Here’s an image I took as a test. My model was hours late and so we couldn’t really do everything we had planned. But we did get to shoot some. The rest can be seen in the fashion section of my porftolio.

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