12 common errors of night photography (and how to fix them)

Night Photography Tips: 12 common errors of night photography (and how to fix them)

Night Photography Tips: Star trails

The key to a good star trail picture is clarity. A long exposure will render stars as a mass of densely packed lines, as the Earth rotates on its axis. Combine this with recognisable features, like a building or trees, and the result is a mind-bending vortex that’s unlike any standard night photography shot. Watch out for these common problems when shooting star trail pictures:

Night Photography Tips: 12 common errors of night photography (and how to fix them)

6. Passing planes
If a plane passes through the frame while the shutter is open, any blinking lights will produce a line of dots that can be distracting, so you’ll need to time your exposure accordingly.

Night Photography Tips: 12 common errors of night photography (and how to fix them)

7. Long-exposure noise
Noise isn’t just a problem at high ISOs; it can also become apparent when using a very long exposure. This is why it’s better to merge multiple shorter exposures.

PAGE 1: Common errors when painting with light
PAGE 2: Common errors with moonlit landscapes
PAGE 3: Common errors shooting star trails
PAGE 4: Common errors shooting the Northern Lights
PAGE 5: Common errors with astrophotography

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  • Andy lightworks

    After reading the article above with regards to focusing at night id like to add that I find it best to focus to infinity rather than on any given subject ,I do lots of night and light painting work and find this method best as it allows the lens to be wide open without depth of field issues i hope this helps anyone wanting to give it a go .