The Ultimate Guide to Night Photography

Night photography immediately solves a huge problem that you confront constantly in photography. That problem is being faced with ordinary scenes that just aren’t very interesting. If you take a picture of a building or a standard street scene during the day, it can be sort of dull. We are all used to seeing shots taken in the middle of the day. That same scene – shot at night – can be a really interesting photograph though.

The actual taking of pictures at night might seem a little bit like magic if you are just getting started. Even those who have been shooting a while may wonder how to get a proper exposure and focus in the dark. Although photographing in the dark certainly has its challenges, in some ways, it is actually easier than photography during the day.

So let’s take a quick look at the essentials of night photography. In particular, we’ll cover the gear you need, how to expose your photos, how to focus at night, great subject matter, and some post-processing tips. Hopefully, this will help open up the world of night photography to you.

Hopefully, this guide will help you get started with night photography. As you get ready for your next outing, just remember a few things:
– The only additional items that are necessary for night photography are a tripod and remote shutter release. Some other helpful items are a flashlight, a lens hood, and an extra battery.
– For exposure, start with moderate ISO (around 400) and aperture (around f/5.6-8) and see where that puts your shutter speed. Adjust from there with an eye toward getting the shutter speed (exposure time) you want.
– Pick a subject that lends itself to night photography. Remember that things look very different at night, so take some test shots.
– Focus your camera by finding or creating areas of contrast and setting the autofocus on those areas. When necessary, switch to manual focus.
– When you get home, edit your images as you wish, but you might try decreasing the Highlights, increasing the Shadows, and pulling down the Blacks slightly.

The Ultimate Guide to Night Photography
A Post By: Jim Hamel
In this, the next installment of our dPS ultimate guides, learn what you need to know to get started doing night photography.

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Monochrome Landscapes by Takashi

I’m a photographer specialized in Mt Fuji. Few years ago, I stayed in my car all night at the shores of Lake Yamanaka for the purpose of taking a photo of Mount Fuji for the first time. When I woke up from a short sleep, I could not see anything because it was shrouded in a white deep fog. When I stood at the hill after I slipped out from the white world before dawn, Mount Fuji and the sea of clouds on Lake Yamanaka were an amazingly beautiful sight, like another world. Returning to the shores of Lake Yamanaka, the upper part of the fog opened and Mount Fuji emerged over the fog. And a white swan, shining by the morning sun, came swimming in front of me. It was an incredibly beautiful scene, as if I was in a dream. After that moment I became a prisoner of Mount Fuji. Since then, taking photos means capturing Mount Fuji to me.

Creation 2
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Flow of cloud (blue ink version)
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Valley of clouds (Blue ink virsion)
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Silhouette of Starry Sky
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Beyond the Mist
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Orion and Mt Fuji
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Mountain climbing of the heavens
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Monochrome Landscapes by Takashi
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Des paysages lumineux

Prendre des photos lumineuses la nuit
Je pense que le light-painting est un magnifique mélange d’expression photographique et artistique. Cette technique d’éclairage du paysage avec des temps d’exposition prolongés soulève l’idée que la lumière a beaucoup d’influence. — Dave Black

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Des paysages lumineux
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Out of the Shadows

The low light storytelling of Richard Vantielcke
At first glance the images of freelance photographer Richard Vantielcke seem to be stark, appearing to simply show the cold reality of urban cityscapes in the middle of the night. But look a little closer and you can begin to see humour, narratives and clear concepts within his pictures. In an exclusive interview he spoke to CPN writer Steve Fairclough to discuss his inspirations and reveals how he creates his quirky style of photography.

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Discover how Richard Vantielcke ventures into the Parisian night to photograph creative concepts in low light
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Glowing Coast by Adam Woodworth

Glowing Coast by Adam Woodworth
This was an incredible experience on an August night on the coast of Maine! The blue light is bioluminescence, emitted from microorganisms in the water as the waves wash them over the rocks. While the glow in the photo is brighter and much more blue than it was in person due to the limitations of human vision, and the fact that the camera can see more with long exposures, it was still intense to see in person and the photo doesn’t do the experience justice. The blue light is real, and is just about how my camera captured it, I didn’t do anything to boost the blue. My night vision was adapted enough to see the bright glow in the water as the waves washed over rocks but only as white light.

AdamWoodworth02aThis is a blend of 10 exposures for the sky and 2 foreground exposures. 10 shots for the sky were each taken at ISO 10,000, 10 seconds, f/2.8, and then stacked with Starry Landscape Stacker for pinpoint stars and low noise. The 2 foreground exposures were taken at lower ISO and longer shutter speeds for a cleaner foreground, 1 at ISO 1600 for 20 minutes and another at ISO 6400 for 2 minutes, both at f/2.8. The exposures were then blended in Photoshop to create a single image with low noise and sharp focus. All shots were taken with the Nikon D810A and Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 lens at 14mm.

To learn more about my Milky Way photography editing techniques check out my written tutorials and videos on my website: adamwoodworth.com

Glowing Coast by Adam Woodworth
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Alister Benn’s Introduction to Night Photography

Alister Benn’s Introduction to Night Photography
This freebie will teach you how to create stunning night photographs.

NightPhotography12aStar trails. Nightscapes. Moonrises. If these words mean anything to you, then you’ve probably already tried shooting at night. So how did it go? Did your photographs come out the way you wanted them?

Don’t worry if you thought it was hard. Shooting at night is a completely different approach than regular shooting. That’s why we thought we’d give you a great starting guide to it. Clocking in under 28 pages, this freebie is easy to digest and useful enough for any nightscape enthusiast.

So if you’re unafraid of the challenge, Introduction to Night Photography will familiarize you with the genre’s most popular tools and techniques. You’ll learn both the must-have equipment and the most practical ideas to keep in mind while you’re staring up at the night sky.

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