Capturing the beauty of a moment through photography seems now like a timeless tradition.

Catching a sunset or waiting for the right time of day so the sun sets up and compliments that perfect view.

But what if the moment you are trying to catch does not see any help from that old faithful light source?

What if most of the negative space you are capturing is dark? What if it is the darkness itself you want to capture?

In this guide, you will become well informed on the best and most crucial elements of professional night photography.

By following these simple steps, the intimidating world of night photography will become a thing of the past.

 

 

Why Night Photography is Amazing

When done right, the immense and intense colors caught through night photography can be as equally inspired as the bright sunset shimmering on an ocean horizon. Night photography is becoming increasingly popular among photographers, especially as both technique and technology help to advance and optimize the outcome.

In some ways, doing night photography will require a little relearning of some of the techniques most professional and novice photographers are used to. Just as an example, things like ISO and shutter speed will be totally different for capturing the beauty of the night. More efforts on the part of the photographer to adjust his or her techniques and equipment will be required for better, higher quality photographs.

Here we will discuss some of the key topics, settings, and tricks photographers will need to understand to make inspired and beautiful night photography.

Low Light Photography Techniques

Here are some key techniques that are absolutely fundamental to night photography every photographer needs to understand. Regardless of where you are in your experience, these techniques will never change – at least not with current technologies:

  • Focus Manually: In the daytime, most newer generation models can rely on available light to automatically determine the proper focus. However, as you have probably discovered, this is not true for nighttime photography. You will need to get used to adjusting the focus of your camera manually. Be sure to set your camera or lens to a manual setting.
  • Increase Your ISO: This would seem to be counter intuitive, especially for daytime photography. However, in most circumstances increasing the ISO beyond numbers you are typically comfortable with will be the only way to capture certain details at night. In general, you will need to rely on an ISO of 1000 or more for most nighttime subjects.If, for example, you are trying to capture a brighter object in the night, such as the moon, then it will require much lower ISO; otherwise the noise will blur the details of the bright object (e.g. moon craters).
  • Lower Your Depth of Field: As you have probably guessed, just about everything you need to know regarding night photography seems to oppose traditional wisdom. As opposed to daytime photography, the aperture needs to be opened further. Much like how the pupil dilates in darker conditions to allow more potential light in, so the aperture needs to be wider to allow more detail in a nighttime photo.
  • Use A Tripod: In general, shutter speeds will need to be quicker in order to reduce blur. This is especially important if you are attempting still photography of moving objects. However, a tripod will be necessary to avoid balance issues with slower shutter speeds used for night exposures.On the other hand, if you are trying to blur lines, than slower shutter speeds are also ideal for some night photography. For example, if you are photographing traffic and wish to blur traffic lights together to appear seamless, then slower shutter speeds will be necessary. In either case, it is best to use a tripod.

Where to Shoot at Night

In general, the idea is to have at least one prominent light source by which to dichotomize the space you are capturing. Otherwise, the photo will appear as dark as it is to your own eyes. It really depends on the subject matter you wish to capture, however here are types of places that present the best opportunity for night photography:

  • Urban Setting: The evening lights of the city presents a great opportunity to capture the night life. City skylines are one of the easiest subject matter for urban night photography. If the buildings are well lit, it can be done at a low ISO and a moderate shutter speed. In the northern hemisphere, the best time to take these types of photos is in the winter months. This will guarantee earlier sunsets and better chances that office lights are still on with people working.
  • Extremely Rural Night Skies: We say extremely rural because you want the least amount of ground lighting blocking out the night stars. Rural settings like the Rockies or Atacama Desert in Chile are great because there is virtually no light pollution – giving you a galactic view that will inspire all who see it.
  • Famous Landmarks & Monuments: Generally speaking, these structures are well lit to display their features and that makes it much easier to capture those details. Some landmarks will not work, such as mountains or mountain structures (Mount Rushmore).

Why Shoot at Night?

Fresh Perspective

Night photography offers a perspective of life that a lot of people may miss. A chance to see the night sky over the Colorado Rockies is a rare treat to see unless you’re camping out. Or the night of a city people return home from during the day. Scenes at night tend to be more dramatic, thereby ushering the viewers further into the emotionality of the photography.

Monuments and architectures have a prestige under the light of the evening that they do not have during the day. In the daylight, the Sun postures itself as dominating all the eye can see. At night, however, lighting tends to shoot up at the majesty of structures – allowing for the illusion of dominance.

Enhance Your Skill

Night photography offers new and exciting challenges for avid photographers. Those who can master night photography will have all the more fun when shooting during the day.

Convenience

Shooting at night can be a great time to perfect your craft if you have a lot going on. For some people, this is the only opportunity they will have to practice their skill or hobby, so take advantage of the time you have to capture inspirational moments.

Low Light Photography Tips

These tips will include general low lighting techniques, not just night photography. For example, taking quality photos at a concert or other indoor, yet low light venue.

  1. Use Off-Camera Flashes: These are flashes that allow lighting from angles other than directly above the camera. This will enhance low light photography by giving the effect of a more natural light source. It also helps to eliminate red eye from direct flash photography.Several camera companies make wireless off-camera flash systems that flash when the camera tells it to. Be warned, this technique may require more than one person depending on the angle of the flash.
  2. Shoot in Raw Format: Shooting in RAW format will increase the amount of data you have to work with in post-processing. The more data the better, especially if you plan on doing a lot of tweaking to the photo. If you had to increase the ISO during the shoot in order to capture more details, shooting in RAW will give you a better chance to compensate for the added noise.
  3. Avoid Hand-held Photography: Due to the fact that you will likely be using slower shutter speeds, it is best to avoid any shaking or movements that come naturally to the body. When possible, always use a tripod to stabilize the shot and avoid blurring. If using your hands, choose a stable stance, breathe in deeply and hold while taking shots to reduce shaking and other bodily vibrations. Again, things like heart beat cannot be avoided.
  4. Angle Flashes Away from Subject: If you do not have off-camera flashes and still need a flash, then angle the camera flash away from the subject. If possible, make the shoot in a way where the flash can be bounced off of a wall or ceiling in order to make the lighting appear more natural.

Best Cameras for Night Photography

The are several great camera options to choose from for night photography and, depending on your budget, the sky is the limit. In general, good night photography cameras will need to have higher ISO ranges, which will allow you to capture more detail. The camera should also have the ability to shoot in RAW format to allow more wiggle room in the editing process. Here are some good cameras to choose from that are designed for night photography:

  1. Sony a7SII: This camera was engineered specifically for low light shooting. One of the defining features of the aS7II is its ability to autofocus in very dark settings. The camera can also lock its focus with almost no available light. This Sony model comes with 12.2 mega pixels and a maximum ISO range of 409,600. The lower MP sensor and higher ISO range means more detail can be captured and the photo will not appear as noisy as a camera with more MPs.
  2. Nikon D5 DSLR: This camera is king when it comes to its ISO range. Topping out at 3,280,000, there is no other camera on the market with this high of an ISO. You will likely not shoot this high, but in certain circumstance, it may be the best way to capture moments in near pitch-black darkness. The D5 can also shoot in UHD 4K at 30 frames per second (FPS) or in still at 14 FPS. This is one of the most expensive DSLRs on the market but is unmatched in night photography capabilities.
  3. Canon 5D Mk III: On the cheaper end of the spectrum, the Canon 5D Mk III still holds its own in the night photography business. While it may not have ISO ranges beyond belief, like the D5’s 3.28 million, it is vastly popular for night photography use and at a third of the cost of the D5. The 5D Mk III has an extended ISO range of 102,400. This really is enough for the vast majority of night shots. The one advantage this camera has over the D5 is a higher MP sensor. That means in daytime shooting, the picture quality will actually be higher.

Lenses That Work Well at Night

Good nighttime camera lenses need to have the specifications discussed earlier for night photo shoots. The higher that aperture range the better and manual focusing is an absolute must. While some cameras, like the Sony aS7II, have the ability to autofocus in a lot of dark settings, it should never be trusted fully. Developing a skill for manually focusing your images is paramount to good nighttime photography:

  1. Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens: This camera is first because of its overall quality and aperture range. With a maximum aperture range of f/4, this lens allows for much more detail than some of the leading competition night lenses. The lens also allows for manual focusing while in auto focus mode. This means the lens can do the initial work focusing and allow you to fine tune the focus manually.
  2. Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR: This lens is a great option for slow shutter speed photography. With a built-in vibration reduction capability, this camera is the best for stabilization on the market. While the aperture range is not quite as high as the Canon EF, it is still wide enough to capture good detail at night.
  3. Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens: This lens is cheaper than most others, but it has a higher maximum focal length than the previous two lenses discussed. In addition, it also allows for full-time manual focus capabilities in auto-focus mode.

Camera Settings for Night Photography

The key to great and inspired night photography is really understanding the proper settings for your camera. While the camera and lens options listed above will take you beyond the limits of most traditional cameras, it is not impossible to take great night photos with the camera you have. In fact, it is best to practice with tools that are more limiting to provide more of a challenge and help really improve your skills. Here are some key settings to consider:

  • Find the Lowest Aperture Setting and Stay There: Regardless of how low your aperture (f-stop) will go, that is where you want to be for the best detail. This allows the sensor to draw in as much light as possible.
  • Set It and Forget It: Whether it is a tripod, a ledge, a rock, etc., always try to find an immovable foundation to set your camera. This will reduce or eliminate blurring with lower shutter speeds. When you are shooting at a shutter speed of 30 seconds (30”), it is extremely difficult to keep as still as needed holding the camera in your hand. You should consider investing in a decent tripod and it should be as essential to the shoot as the camera itself.
  • Use Slow Shutter Speeds: In general, the fastest your shutter speed should be for most night photography should be 10 seconds (10”). Anywhere between 10” to 30” tends to be the normal shutter settings expected for night photography. In some circumstances you may find it to be even longer. Sometimes you may be exposing for several minutes just for one photo. This is another good reason a tripod is an absolute.
  • Have an ISO of at Least 1600: In addition to this setting, your camera should be set to shoot everything in RAW format. In general, a higher ISO is going to give you more detail with the trade-off being more noise. If you have a lower MP camera, this is actually a bit of an advantage. It means the ISO can be set higher and the picture will appear less noisy. For most cameras, an ISO of between 1600 to 3200 is preferable for detailed night shooting.

Night Photography Tips and Tricks

Here are some quick tips to get you started in your night photography endeavors:

  1. Use Aperture Priority Mode: This mode generally allows the camera to automate lower f-stop, higher ISO, and slower shutter speeds all while allowing you to adjust the focus manually.
  2. Overlay Photos on Different Settings: Sometimes the only way to incorporate different lighting levels in one photo is to capture in separate exposures and overlay the two or more together in post-processing.
  3. Manual Focus or Bust: This keeps getting repeated because of its importance.
  4. Arrive Early: One of things we often forget is that when we are eager for a great shot, someone else probably is as well. Get to the shoot site early for the best possible position.

Night Photography Frequently Asked Questions

Which is the Best Filter for Night Photography?

The best filters for low light and nighttime photography are going to be neutral density filters. This is for two reasons: 1) neutral density filters will reduce the polarization of the light. Polarization reduces the amount of light that hits the sensor which is bad for night photography. 2) Neutral density filters will add another layer of assistance in reducing noise from higher ISO settings. This means less tinkering and editing in post-processing.

Neutral density filters come in various ranges and tend to compliment aperture and shutter speed. Thus, make sure you purchase filters that compliment your desired camera settings.

Which White Balance Is Best for Night Photography?

White balance is the settings chosen for how intense the candle power is in the exposure. For example, white balance can make light sources appear more or less white. Settings can make the photo’s light sources appear blue or even yellowish orange.

The white balance settings really will depend on how you want the picture to appear. For a more truly white exposure, setting the white balance to 5500K will do the trick. If you are going for a more blue/cool exposure, a lower setting of 300K to 3200K will do just fine.

For warmer, more incandescent glows in the exposure range of 1700K to 1850K will work.

Here is a comprehensive list of White Balance settings:

  • 1700K – Fire/flame, low pressure
  • 1850K – flame from candle, sunrise/sunset
  • 2400K – Common incandescent lamp
  • 2550K – Soft white lamp
  • 2700K – Soft white fluorescent lamp or LED
  • 3000K – Warm white fluorescent lamp or LED
  • 3200K – Studio lamp, studio flood lights
  • 3350K – Studio or CP lighting
  • 4100-4150K – Moonlight
  • 5000K – Horizon sunlight, cool white fluorescent tube lighting
  • 5500K-6000K – Noon Daylight, clear
  • 6200K – Xenon lighting
  • 6500K – Overcast Daylight
  • 6500K-9500K – Computer Screen White
  • 15000-27000K – Clear blue sky

What is the Best Metering Mode for Night Photography?

Again, this really depends on what is being photographed, but in general the metering should be focused on whatever the main subject of the photo is. So, for example, if the subject is a single light source that represent the minority of the exposure field, then setting your camera to spot metering is the best. This will ensure metering priority for the main subject of the photo and prevent the camera from ignoring it because it does not dominate the whole field.

If, on the other hand, you are taking a picture of a skyline and the lighting incorporates most of the exposure field, then spot metering should be off. Remember that spot metering means the camera will try to focus on the center of the field. In this case, it may be wise to center the subject in the viewing field. If your intent is to take the asymmetrically, then manual adjustments of both the metering and the focus will be required.

Taking Inspired Photos at Night

With these tips and settings, your journey to capturing breathtaking moments at night is an evening away. By following these simple rules and guidelines for night photography, you will get a head start on fine tuning your own settings bases on what tools you have available.

Complete Guide on Night Photography

The Night Photography is indeed something that brings up a huge dimension to your shots.

Compare the shots of the same location or building taken at any time of the day and compare it to the shot taken at night.

Yes, Night Photography is all about being creative, playing with the light and its composition.

The question is how can you bring out the best in your night shots?

So in this post, we will guide you through all the things you must know to do Night Photography.

CONTENTS
CHAPTER 1

Photography at Night – A Huge Challenge

CHAPTER 2

What Do You Need For Night Photography?

CHAPTER 4
Settings That would Help You Get Better Night Shots
CHAPTER 4
A Few Extra Tips on Best Night Photography
CHAPTER 1
Photography at Night – A Huge Challenge

Night Photography is what enhances your creativity…

…but it tends to be quite challenging in its own right.

The reason? Well, photography is all about a good light condition. And at night we are into photography without light!

So there are few rules and guidelines you may need to follow.

Beware that these guidelines do not necessarily be similar to what you follow during the daytime photography.

We will guide you through the steps you can take for achieving the best photography at night.

Of course, ultimately it is the expertise that pays, but the tips here should serve as a means towards the goal of becoming a professional night photographer.

CHAPTER 2
What Do You Need For Night Photography?
Night Photography essentially needs you to have access to some specific equipment.

Don’t fret – we’re not targeting your pocket.

These are the basic set of equipment for photography, but ensure that you carry them along.

So, let’s get started…

A Tripod

That’s something very much essential when you venture into night photography. Night photography is all about slow shutter speeds. From that perspective, you may not be able to hold your camera steady for that prolonged period of time.

If you are aware of how your camera works, you would understand that under the dark surroundings, your camera needs a longer shutter speed so that it can gather enough light.

We mentioned it already, right? Photography is all about playing with light. And sometimes holding your camera steady for that prolonged time may not be possible. And even a slight shake of your camera can completely ruin your shot. So a tripod helps you with the support required for holding the camera steady.

Remote Shutter Release

Avoiding camera shake is an essential part of getting a good shot clicked. A remote shutter will ensure that you do not exert pressure on the camera and thus avoid shaking it.

The Remote Shutter may not be something that you would essentially need, but opting for one will improve your night shots. They aren’t expensive either. You can opt for a corded model that would cost below $10. If your camera has Bulb Settings, you would need the Remote Shutter ideally.

Flashlight

This is another equipment that can help you achieve the best lighting effects.

While it can help you move around in the dark and an efficient navigation, it can also help you light up an area. You can also use the flashlight to improve the illumination effects on a few objects.

Additional Batteries

Night photography can be quite hard for your camera battery. You take longer exposures on your camera for the night photography and this can drain your battery faster. So an extra set of batteries should be one of the best options to avoid disappointment later.

Lens Hood

The night photography often involves working through multiple light sources. If you are shooting cityscapes, there are many disturbances in the form of street lamps and neon bulbs. A lens hood would be quite helpful in taking care of flares and reflections to the minimum.

A few more requirements may be apps for finding the position of stars and constellations if you love shooting the night sky in its full glory. You can also benefit from the help of the weather apps to ascertain the possible weather conditions so that you can control the settings accordingly.

CHAPTER 3
Other Factors and Settings That would Help You Get Better Night Shots
Well, the settings for the different parameters while shooting the nightlife differ considerably as compared to the daytime photography.

So, in this chapter, we will check out the parameters and the optimum values you may be able to use.

Exposure Values

Night photography is all about darkness. That will necessitate a huge change in exposure values you can use for the night photography. Using a tripod plays an important role in obtaining the best exposure values.

Getting the best exposure is all about having a clear balance between the three major parameters – Shutter Speed, Aperture and ISO. Darkness will need you to get more light into the camera for the best exposure. How can you do that? Well, let us check out a few settings for these three important parameters.

Aperture

The aperture is the opening that lets the light inside the camera. The exact amount of light entering into the camera will be dependent upon the size of the aperture. The aperture size will be dependent upon the shutter speed.

The aperture size will also have a say in the depth of field you would get. The smaller aperture will need quite longer shutter speeds. In ideal circumstances, there may not be a major difference between the aperture size used during the day or at night. A smaller aperture size will make the camera struggle to get enough light.

Using a larger aperture should not create an issue as such while you are indulging in night photography. An ideal aperture size should be f/1.4, f/2.8 and f/4. The shallowness of your aperture should ideally be dependent upon the lenses you are using. Though some lenses can support aperture sizes up to f/1.2. In any case, ideal aperture size for the efficient night photography is f/2.8 as provided by most of the lenses.

Even if you do not have an aperture that wide, it should not ideally affect your night photography performance. An aperture as shallow as f/4 should ideally work. In any case, if you are sure you are about to indulge in night photography quite often, it would be wiser enough to opt for a lens that supports wider apertures. Shallow apertures as low as f/2.8 should be the best for picking highlights in a scene properly.

Shutter Speed

When you are shooting your snaps during the day, the shutter speeds tend to be as low as just a fraction of a second. That would not be the case during night photography. Your camera uses the speeds longer than second and at times, it can be much longer.

The shutter speed can be adjusted manually to meet the requirements. In fact, the exact shutter speed will be dependent upon the scene that you are going to shoot. The more darkness will result in the camera seeking more time to gather more light.

The longer shutter speeds will necessitate holding the camera steadily. That is precisely why we focus on using a Tripod for a better functionality of the exposure. The ideal shutter speed for night photography should be somewhere between 15 to 20 seconds.

The best option would be to check different shutter speeds and analyse how the image looks. Start with a shutter speed of around 20 seconds. Thereafter make adjustments as per your exact requirements.

ISO

That is the third parameter for adjusting your exposure values. ISO refers to the sensitivity to light. The ISO value indicates the measure of the sensitivity that sensor has to the light. Setting higher ISO values can make your sensor more sensitive to the light. Thus you will be able to use a shorter shutter speed or also use a smaller aperture.

However, that is not as easy as it may appear. Using higher ISO values can also result in a lot of digital noise. If you have shot night images on your smartphone camera, you will understand the effect of digital noise on night images. In fact, the noise on daytime shots can go unnoticed most of the times, but night shots with heavy digital noise make themselves quite obvious. So, we would not advise opting for higher ISO values.

Now that we have been pressing on the need for a Tripod, we assume you have been using it. In fact, using a tripod will let you make use of longer shutter speeds. That would mean you do not need to use high ISO settings if you are using a tripod. However, if the location does not allow the use of a tripod, you may not have any other option than increasing the ISO values.

The ideal ISO values should be between 800 and 3200. Make a beginning with an ISO value of 800, and check it with the actual images. You can go on increasing the ISO till you get an optimum result. Too dark backgrounds will need higher ISO values.

However, increasing the ISO value beyond a threshold can have serious effects on an entry-level DSLR. They may not function well with the high ISO values. The images tend to be noisier with the higher values of ISO. You may attempt an ISO value of around 1600 at a maximum level. This can reduce the digital noise to a greater extent, but as we stated before, even minor digital noise can appear pronounced on a night shot.

Manual Controls

Go Manual – that should probably be your mantra if you are attempting to get better night photographs. A semi-automatic or automatic mode may not be as efficient as the manual controls you may use to get better results with respect to your shots.

In fact, all through the above discussions – we kept focusing on the manual controls alone, right? And that is precisely what should work efficiently. So, after having gone through the steps involved in manually controlling the exposure through shutter speed, ISO and Aperture, let us check out the other controls for effective night photography.

Focus

Agreed, your camera has the best autofocus ever. But, all the capabilities of the autofocus are limited to the daytime photography alone. No matter how many references points your camera is capable of handling, at night it is bound to fail miserably.

But why does the autofocus functionality fail when it can work so wonderfully throughout the day? Well, the Autofocus System on your camera needs reference points to focus. In a dark scenario, it will fail to identify any reference point. The result will be a completely out of focus image.

Check if your cameras have Live View feature, getting a better nighttime focus should be quite simple and easy to opt for. Activate Live View and locate an object on your screen that you can focus on. You can choose anything you find on your screen – be it a star, a lamp or anything that you can focus on.

However, if you do not have Live View on your camera, you may need to opt for the manual focus. Whether you are using Live View or not, we suggest opting for manual focus for best results in night time photography. Once you have found the bright star or any other focal point, all you have to do is press the + or – button to bring the object into focus. Of course, you may need to go through a few hits and misses, but once you get it into focus – the entire image is in focus.

If you do not have Live View on your camera, you can opt for Infinity Focus or Hyperfocal Distance option also.

White Balance

The Automatic White Balance should ideally work in many cases. Practically speaking, there is no need to adjust the white balance or opt for manual control of white balance.

However, if you feel there is any need for the same, you may opt for it though it may not make a huge difference. The standard Manual White Balance should ideally be around 3400K. However, we believe you may not need to indulge in any kind of heavy manual control over White Balance as such.

Anyhow, you can take care of the autofocus requirements in the post-processing stage.

CHAPTER 4
A Few Extra Tips on Best Night Photography
Now that we have gone through the positive aspects of Night Photography and a guide on how you can achieve the best results…

…let us check out a few extra tips on a few specific occasions.

The basic point to check out in any kind of photography – whether daytime or night – is to find a good subject.

You can then weave your creative side around the subject chosen.

We will go through a few specific subjects that can add more value to your night photography.

The Museums

Museums and public buildings should ideally be the best options if you are foraying into the night photography. What do we mean by that? Well, they are generally well lit and offer you a great option of trying out different permutations and combinations.

Most of the night photographers start with the public buildings as they are easy to learn the basics of night photography with. In fact, the best part with them is you have lesser chances of going wrong in this sphere.

Yet another advantage of opting for the museums and public buildings for the night photography is you will not have hordes of the public that may hinder your good shots. You have the whole venue for yourself to experiment with.

Bridges

Prominent bridges are our favourites for night photography. Most of the times, these popular bridges are well lit. This can give a whole new opportunity to shoot some really enchanting photos.

Even when it is not a prominent bridge in your city, the ambience will give it a whole new look. Night photography is all about longer shutter speeds and this will give a blurring effect to your shots which may not be possible in a daytime shot. The lights of the vehicles passing tend to give a look that resembles the streaks of lights. This can offer you a more dynamic effect to your night shots.

Night Sky

If you are in a countryside and far away from the blazing lights in a city, nothing can beat the experience of shooting the night sky. You would just need a clear night’s sky for an effective light shot. In fact, that should be all you need.

If you have a really clear sky, you may as well be able to catch the constellations and other heavenly objects. Of course, your camera needs to have a really high end focussing. If you are using Live View, you would get a better focus. However, you can rely upon a trial and error method for getting a better focus. We hope the manual focus should be ideal enough for such shots.

And yes, if you are into night photography with the night sky, ensure that you have a set of apps on your phone. These can go a long way in helping you find the heavenly objects quite easily.

Streetlights

The streetlight can indeed play a huge role in your night shots. In fact, they can either ruin or improve your shots. How you make use of them should be what you should stand proof to your photographic excellence. Of course, a creative mind is all it will take to compose a really interesting night shot incorporating the night sky.

If the area you are trying to shoot is quite blank but has an opportunity to play with the lights – the street lights can be used as a point of interest. Check if you can make use of a trailing line of the lights if you can find multiple lights around.

Fountains

Fountains are another interesting subject for awesome night photography. In fact, a few prominent and popular fountains around the world have different colours and music playing along. Of course, if you are into still shots – you may not be able to shoot the music, but the multiple colours can indeed offer you an excellent ambience.

Ensure that you are using a longer shutter speed. This can provide an impression of flowing water. The exact shutter speed you can opt for will depend upon the exact light conditions around the subject. Check out different options to arrive at a great effect.

Vehicle trails

Streaks of light trails are one of the fascinating inclusions in your night shots. This can be achieved when a car or any other vehicle moves faster through the frame while you have your shutter open. This will produce an awesome light streak if you can time it really well.

Having a set of vehicles moving through the frame can produce really awesome streaks of light. Aim for the right timing of the shot so that a group of vehicles move through the frame while the shutter is open. You can, of course, practise it and find the right setting that works best on your camera.

Reflective Light

Reflective light from water surfaces can be one of the best options for great night photography. The longer shutter speeds will essentially show the blurring effect of the water thus providing an illusion of flowing water. Ponds, lakes and smaller puddles of water can add more value to your night shots. In fact, if you really want to make a good use of the reflective light, aim for a photo shoot just after the rain.

Conclusion – Guide on Night Photography
Night photography is indeed an art to be cultivated.

Unlike in the daytime where you have the ample light at your disposal, you need to set the right balance for allowing enough light if you really look forward to getting a few good shots.

We assume that this tutorial has helped you achieve the goal effectively.

Please note that this guide is for the beginners who are just venturing into the night photography.

If you are an expert, you can chip in with your expert advice so that our neo photographers can benefit from your expertise.

If this tutorial has evoked an interest in you to try night photography, we will consider our efforts have paid off.