Amazing Night Photography

While night photography can be a challenge, it can also be extremely rewarding. While anyone can take daytime images, night photography requires some practice and work to perfect. Images taken at night are unique and offer completely different results than ones taken during the day. While there’s no one-size-fits-all solution for capturing amazing nighttime imagery, there are a few things that everyone who’s interested in this type of photography should know. With this in mind, here’s a look at a few tips that you’ll want to follow that will help you to capture some amazing nighttime images.

Once the sun starts to set, the sky will start changing quickly. Getting set up early will allow you to capture the various stages of the sunset, including the different shades of reds and oranges as well as the beautiful blue hour that sets in just after the sun dips below the horizon. Even though you’ll be shooting the same location, you’ll end up with drastically varied images, each one with an entirely different look.

Make sure you bring along the right gear to increase your chances of capturing some amazing images. Here’s a look at some things you’ll want to pack.

  1. A Tripod

    To get the sharpest, clearest images possible during low light conditions, you’ll want to steady your camera, especially during long exposures. In most cases, a tripod is the best option as it allows you to stabilize your camera to help prevent camera shake and image blur.

  2. A Wide Angle Lens

    While the best lens for night photography varies, most night landscapes will call for a wide angle lens. Something around 14-24 is usually ideal. A wide angle will help you to fit everything in the frame and will also enhance the sense of distance in an image. It will cause elements in the foreground to appear larger and more prominent, and mountains in the distance to look farther away. Wide angles are also more forgiving when focusing in the dark, and provide sharpness throughout your image especially when you’re using higher f-stops.

  3. A Flashlight

    Don’t forget your flashlight! Not only will it help you to see what you’re doing when working in low-lighting conditions, but it’ll also come in handy if you’re hoping to illuminate dimly lit areas in the foreground of your scene; making it easier for your camera to focus.

  4. Remote Release

    A remote release is helpful when you’re using long exposures where even the slightest movement can cause image blur. Having a remote release, or using the timer on your camera, will keep you from having to press the button, preventing unwanted blur.

While it’s easy to focus on the spectacular night sky, you’ll want to try to find some interesting elements to include in the foreground as well. These details can help add more definition to your compositions, and draw the viewer into the image. While night photography can be a challenge, especially in the beginning, that’s part of what makes these images so rewarding. By mastering the basics, and getting plenty of practice you’ll soon be capturing amazing, eye-catching nighttime images yourself – ones that you’ll be proud to call your own.