Creating photographs by nighttime is not an easy practice. While experts of this aspect of photography embrace the technical challenges required of this endeavor, the daytime photographers are completely oblivious the stringent techniques needed to be utilized in this adventure. We hope by giving you these tips, you will have more appreciation and consideration for professionals who play their craft by night.
Be Bold and Exploratory
An elemental understanding of the features of aperture with shutter speed takes on mind-blowing proportions at nighttime where a mere misstep or miscalculation can turn your photographic masterpiece into a nightmare too terrible to behold. Unlike the popular view which describes photography as an exact science, nighttime photography gives you the chance to tweak, experiment, and have a blast.
So rather than follow someone else's boring guideline (not mine), try to discover all the options at your disposal with your camera. You can turn this into a comprehensive analysis by noting down all the effects of your exposure settings so you can research the results after downloading your images. Dedicating time into this technique will allow you understand what works for you so you can integrate these ideas into your future shots.
Understand the buttons and functions of your camera in time.
Finding a button or changing a dial for your camera settings are difficult during the day but can be magnified tenfold at night, not to talk of finding the right accessories tucked deep in your bag. Shooting in low little light makes it even for crucial to read the camera manual and learn the different access points for important dials and menu features prior to stepping out for nighttime shoot. The ideal way to take photographs at night is to shoot with your camera and lens set on manual mode. Get acclimatized with your camera's manual functions under low light conditions so you can work with calm effectiveness when conditions are not so great.
Do your homework, understand your location.
It is important to know the background of the area you want to take photographs before the actual shoot. Shooting in the dark can be quite surreal and it can be quite hard to pinpoint certain objects in the night. To prevent this from happening, it is expected of you to familiarize yourself with your location by scouting it well in advance before shooting time. You can decide to arrive your location as the sun begins to set while taking pictures in the changing light. This can enable you understand the way light works in changing conditions and will definitely improving your nighttime shoot.
Adapt your camera equipment to the outdoor environment.
A lot can happen in the outdoors. It could rain, snow, or become windy. More often than not, there are outdoor conditions which hinders many a photographer's nighttime shoot such as lens fog. This is attributed to moving your equipment from dry to warm conditions which causes a change in temperature. Humidity levels also get affected too hence the fog.
An accumulation of moisture can inhibit light from passing through the camera lens and this will result in blurry or foggy images without any iota of exposure. This is all the more painful when it happens after a very long exposure. In weather conditions which are susceptible to lens fog, you can stay one step ahead by using heat to make the lens warmer. This will make it free of moisture.
Whatever technique you implement in your nighttime photo shoot, always remember to adhere to safety procedures for your own good.