How To Take Better Photos At Night

How To Take Better Photos At Night

Very little light is available at night, and that can lead to poor photographs. While a longer exposure will allow your camera to capture an image better in the dark, you can still end up with poor colour, a lack of detail, and a variety of other issues. Professional photographer Kamil Tamiola, known for his stunning twilight landscapes, shares a few tips that can significantly improve the quality of the images you take in the evening.

In the video above, Kamil details the best way to capture a photo at night. While you may know the basics such as exposure adjustment, he offers plenty of tips to improve overall quality, colour and sharpness.

One key point? Atmospheric conditions affect your images. Heat and humidity can obscure light and cause chromatic abberation. Cold and dry environments are better.

Kamil also notes the importance of the moon. If you want to capture a detailed night sky, strong moonlight will make the task trickier. If possible, plan to take your photos when the moon is thin and, therefore, less visible. This will help you avoid accidentally overexposed areas in your photographs. Check out the full video for more tips.

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  • One of the tips that I like best is that you hold your camera against a fixed object (eg. a telegraph pole, street sign or the top/side of a fence post). If you don’t have a tripod this significantly reduces the vibrations that you’re likely to have by holding the camera in your hands.

  • Tripod with a long exposure is much better…. in the days of film photography you’d use slow speed film and along exposure, but you can fake this on most digital cameras no problem.
    If you have a tripod and a night time setting on your camera, you can get a surprising amount of detail in low light. You can also hack your image by “burning” your image whilst it is being captured – for example if your foreground is too dark against a nighttime sky, set a 10-30sec exposure and “paint” the foreground with a torchlight (led’s mimic nightime light pretty well).

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