Night/Dark Photography Primer
I’ve decided to try to use night photographs in my final project, so I’ve had to learn some new techniques to take photos with very low light. There are a few different routes you can go down in night photography, but I’ll try to help out with some tips.
First, you’ll want to raise your ISO setting, to 800 or higher. You simply cannot get the level of detail from a night sky that you can from daylight. The grain will look better than blur you would otherwise get. Open your aperture as wide as possible and slow down your shutter speed to at least 1 second. Make sure you meter and white balance on location .(I’ve found that incandescent settings work best for night) Make sure you are standing absolutely still – it is best to lean against something or sit/kneel to steady your camera as much as possible. The slow shutter speed will make the tiniest movements into noticeable blur that otherwise would not occur at faster shutter speeds. A TRIPOD IS BEST.
To keep your night eyes, try not to look at previews or menu settings on your camera too much. Learn how to adjust the aperture and shutter speed without looking at your display. If you look up close at your screen to fix something, you’ll look back at your subject and just see darkness.
Hope this helps!