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: Northern Lights and other sky phenomena

The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, are a photographer’s dream. The aurora is one of the most tantalising and compelling phenomena on Earth. Camera technology is now so good that DSLRs can capture the spectacle with outstanding quality, and it’s only going to get better. However, here are a few common errors to watch out for when shooting such sky phenomena:

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

8. Over-exposure
The aim is to capture the aurora’s intensity and shape. Long exposures will cause motion blur rather than burnt highlights, so limit shutter speeds to five to ten seconds.

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

9. Under-exposure
Once again, the sky is the important factor here, so do not expect the foreground landscape to be correctly exposed unless it is well lit by strong moonlight.

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

10. Watch the tripod
Check and check again. 
This is a rare photographic opportunity and you’ll kick yourself if you return home to find that your shots are soft or your tripod has been knocked.

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 .