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How to Take Breathtaking Photos at Night

We have all seen beautiful night scenarios that turn into sad blobs of badly distributed light and darkness when we try to photograph them. Here are some tips to make sure your night photos are as stunning as the nights you are seeing!

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Equipment

A reflex or mirrorless camera is essential to control exposition manually. For a cheap one, you can try camera exchange sites that sell second hand cameras. Moreover, a tripod is necessary to keep the camera still when you need to shoot for long times. If you can’t afford it, you can use cars, walls and other supports you find around you, but make sure the camera does have a support if you are shooting a night landscape!

For street photography, it’s not as essential. Another important piece of equipment is a fast lens. These are lenses with a wide opening in the diaphragm (a f 2.8 is enough). This will allow more light to enter the camera, so you will not have to wait too long for a shot or use excessively high ISO values.

 

Camera Settings

Firstly, shoot exclusively on manual. Once you have found the right setting, you can use it all the way through, since light conditions remain stable during the night. Keep your diaphragm as open as possible, with low “f” values, to let as much light as possible in. Don’t raise your ISO value higher than 1600-3200, as that will interfere with the quality of your photo. Another important point is to use “spot measurement” as an exposition measurement mode, it will give you well-exposed lights!

Lastly, shoot in RAM format, so you will have a higher editing margin in post-production, a wider colour range and a higher file quality compared to a JPEG.

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Taking the Photo Itself

You don’t need to use a tripod if you’re on bright streets full of lights. But if you’re not using it, remember to open your diaphragm as much as possible and raise your ISO values, trying to maintain acceptable shooting times.

You will definitely need a tripod for more static photos, like a nocturnal landscape. This will allow you to use longer shooting times, lower ISO values and more closed diaphragms, so as to catch more details.

For more information about different cameras and the flexibility of their settings, contact us today.

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