Best Tips for Awesome Night Photography
Have you ever tried taking night photography and ended up with blurry results?
We’ll show you a few essential tips to create consistent night images next time you go out and shoot.
Best Settings for Night Photography
Camera+ 2 has a lot of features perfect for different types of photography. But for this tutorial, we’ll focus on the settings you’ll need for good night photos.
First, you’ll need an ISO value that avoids grainy photos. The best options are between 400 to 800. They are sensitive enough for night photography while producing minimal noise.
Try not to go any higher than those values. Your pictures will look grainy and unappealing.
As for shutter speed, you can start between 1/120th to 1/60th for handheld shots. With these values, you’ll need to be in an area with plenty of light. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a dark image.
If you’re shooting landscape or architecture, you can go below 1/60th or even up to a few seconds. Doing so ensures you achieve the proper exposure. Just remember to look at the screen as you change your setting. If it gets too bright, dial it down a bit.
To access all these settings, tap the Plus icon beside the app’s shutter button. From Normal mode (camera icon), swipe to the right and look for Slow Shutter Mode (aperture icon).
Once you tap it, you’ll find the shutter speed, ISO, and even the white balance at the bottom of the screen.
Use HDR to Capture Highlights and Shadows
Activate High Dynamic Range (HDR) if you’re not too confident about your exposure settings. It will allow you to capture highlights and shadows you can’t do with regular exposure.
When you use HDR, your phone automatically takes three images. You get regular exposure. And you also get one that’s underexposed, and another that’s overexposed.
The app then combines those pictures together into one frame. You’ll have better lighting and more details in your photo.
HDR takes several exposures in one go, so it’s best to place your phone on a tripod for the best results. If you shake your camera while the shutter’s open, there’s a potential the final photo would look blurry, which has an excellent HDR Mode, try not to take chances and miss good moments.
Start Your Night Photography During the Blue Hour
Just because you’re doing night photography doesn’t mean you should start when the sky is pitch black. In fact, you should use the blue hour. You’ll have enough ambient light to work with.
Also, the sky looks vivid during this time so it can make your photos more colorful.
The blue hour occurs before sunrise and after sunset. The sun is already below the horizon during this time. As a result, it turns most of the sky blue with thin bands of bright red, orange, and purple.
By the time the sun dips below the horizon, you have about 10 to 30 minutes to capture the photos before it’s over.
Shoot in Bright Areas to Take Advantage of Artificial Light
Photography is all about capturing light. Even if you have the best camera for night photography, it will struggle to take photos when it’s too dark. So make it your mission to go to areas with adequate lighting.
Shooting in bright locations at night has a few advantages. First, you don’t have to bump up your ISO and end up with grainy images. Second, you can take photos with faster shutter speeds.
That means you can hold your camera and not worry about motion blur. It makes the process a whole lot easier and quicker for you. No need to set up the tripod and slow down to get the right shot.