Taking pictures at night is quite challenging for beginners because it requires to manipulate ISO, shutter speed, and aperture as well as many other things. Follow these following useful techniques to shoot well in the dark. If you understand the basics, you will find out that night photography is very fun. You will be rewarded with stunning images that you’ll be proud of.
1. A sturdy tripod is a must
Before trying night photography, you must have a sturdy tripod. Taking pictures in dim conditions requires long exposures, meaning that your camera must be steady at all times. Get a sturdy tripod which can handle a heavy camera, better made of aluminum or carbon fiber if you have more money because it is both light and durable.
Use the bubble spirit level of tripod to determine whether it is straight or not. Or you can turn on the virtual horizon of your camera, usually found in the camera menu, to make sure that your equipment is leveled.
You should also consider a mini tripod for tricky angles. The best points for your night photos may sometimes be in the places where the regular tripods can’t fit. In this case, a mini tripod can help you shoot stunning night shots from the ground.
2. Use manual focus
It may be highly reliable to use autofocus in modern cameras, however, it’s still not foolproof. Especially when taking pictures at night, you will have to struggle to adjust your camera because it’s dark. Therefore, using manual focus helps ensure that your camera doesn’t focus randomly on any single part of the scene which you’re photographing.
Turn your manual focus (∞ symbol on your lens) to infinity. Turn on the Live View Mode, then press the Zoom-in button to make sure that the scene you’re taking photo is crisp. Moreoever, magnify the subject which you want to focus and adjust until it is pin sharp.