Night Photography Tips

Tools Required:

  1. Tripod
  2. Wide angle lenses
  3. Lens hood to minimize lens flares
  4. Flashlight
  5. Your Imagination.

Light plays the most important role in photography. Night is the time when you can play the most with artificial lights. It can be used to create mesmerizing images in form of light painting, light trails etc. Let’s learn about the ways in which night photography can be made interesting.

Kind of photographs which can be captured:

  1. Light Painting:

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Light Paining is a long exposure image in which either the light source or the camera is in motion. A pattern of light is captured on the sensor which looks as if the light has been painted on the image. Light painting can be creatively used to highlight your subject at night. The usual shutter speed for light painting is 3 sec or more. ISO when kept at 100 or 200 gives good results as moving towards the higher scale of ISO creates noise in the image.

  1. Light Trails:

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Unlike light painting in which camera or light source remains in motion, for capturing light trails the camera has to be stationary. Only the light source is in motion. It results in the creation of a streak of light. For capturing light trails, the shutter speed is 5 sec and more. ISO 100 or 200 and aperture is narrow.

  1. Light Reflections:

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Reflections on a water surface is always been an attraction to the human eye. Reflections could be captured in two ways. Either by having fast shutter speed or a slow shutter speed. While capturing reflections with fast shutter speed, we get the reflections of light in a crooked manner as the motion of water freezes but while capturing reflections if the shutter speed is slow then the reflections captured is smooth (See the below Image).

  1. Star trails:

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One image of star trails is a mix of various long exposure shots. There are few things which should be kept in mind while clicking star trails. ISO shouldn’t exceed 400 or else a lot of noise will be added to the image. It’s always advised to take various shots of 4 – 5 minutes exposure rather than keeping the shutter open for hours together. This also helps in reducing noise and adds sharpness in the image.