Night Photography Guide

Night photography usually refers to the act of taking pictures at night between dawn and dusk, usually with the intent of photographing people or objects in their most exciting and dramatic poses. I will often use aperture priority mode on my camera to get the best pictures. This is because I like to take pictures of people at night with the subjects in as still a position as possible, so that their eyes are not drawn into the lens by the light on the subject which may cause the picture to be too dark or light. I will then make manual adjustments on the lighting and aperture to bring out the colours of the subject in the most dramatic way I can.

In this article, you will discover how to take good night photographs. I won’t be telling you how to take fantastic pictures in a pitch-black environment or when lighting is minimal. Rather, I want to discuss the subject of night photography and how to get the best from it. The first thing that you should do when trying your hand at night photography is make sure you have the correct equipment. It doesn’t matter if you have a big digital SLR, or a compact point and shoot, the quality of the photos you take depends largely on the amount of light available to you.

If you are in a darker room, use a pointing light, or get someone to point them in the direction of where you need to look. If there is no light available, you will need to either leave your subject un-sighted or bring them up to meet you, whichever helps you to compose the shot. At the very least, try to take a wide-angle shot of your subject, as this type of shot has more depth and will enable you to get a better look at all the details of your subject. If you really want to learn more about night photography, why not sign up for a course with an experienced night photographer, who can teach you everything you need to know about taking excellent images in this tricky and interesting genre of photography.


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