Taking photos could be a hobby for many but it can also be a craft for others that lets them earn good money. That is why it is important to learn how to experiment and deviate from the ordinary with photo-taking so that you can achieve unique and better results.
Among the ways to achieve this is to take shots at night when the surroundings are different. However, with the night’s lighting being different from that of the day, you should expect to see varying results in your Night Photo. You have to be aware of the tips and tricks to achieving the best night photos or night scenes.
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Here are some compiled tips on How to Take Night Photos.
1. Switch your Camera to Manual Mode.
Instead of putting it to Av or Aperture Priority or to Tv or Shutter Priority, put it to Manual Mode. With this, you will be able to take better control of your shutter speed and aperture.
2. Shoot in Raw.
Basically, you want to maximize the size of your memory card so you set all files to JPEG form. I understand that.
However, shooting in raw allows you to edit your night photos and come up with better copies. This is because your raw image serves as your digital negative, says photographer Simon Stanmore. You can, thus, improve exposure, contrast, color, and even white balance.
3. Feel at Ease while Taking your Shots.
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When you are a photographer, you need to go to different places to find an interesting subject. That means having to go even to places where there are still so many people and that might make you feel self-conscious.
Though perfectly understandable, you should not feel that way. In order to get the best shots, you have to stay focused and at-ease with where you are. Let those people go around and bump into you at times but you should never be ashamed or embarrassed for taking great night time photos.
4. Plan your Shots Wisely.
When you had your point-and-click camera, you could just randomly take shots of your subjects. However, photography using your DSLR camera for more serious purposes should be well-thought of. You need to plan what are to be included in your frame. Don’t just shoot anything you see.
Firstly, look at your subject from different angles and decide which one is the best. Go around it and frame your shots.
Try taking several shots of your subject and see which one looks best.
5. Play with Your ISO
Remember that night photography can start as soon as the sun starts to set. If you decide to take that kind of shot, you have to learn to experiment with your ISO settings. Since the light is slowly fading, you need to boost your ISO so that your camera’s shutter speed increases and the risk of shake is reduced.
6.Use your Light.
To be able to see the settings of your camera clearly, you should turn on the light of your LCD screen. I think that is quite self-explanatory.
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If the right exposure is not reached by your camera, then it is way better to have your night scenes or night photos underexposed. Such kind of exposure can still allow you to adjust or control it using Photoshop.
8. Befriend the Tripod.
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Night Photography raises the risk of photo shake. Even if you try to keep your hands steady, the photo may still come out blurry due to the littlest motions. To address this, you should set up your tripod and use it when taking your night shots.
Use a tripod with flexible legs. Its flexibility makes it easier for you to position your tripod and camera in conspicuous places.
9. Check your Photos.
Every time you take a shot, always look at it to see how you did. You may adjust the shutter speed to adjust the light. Light that is too bright can be reduced by using a slower shutter speed.
There you go, Night Photography is worth a try. With the tips discussed, don’t ever say you don’t know how to take a night photo.