Night Photography: set up your camera to shoot anything

Night Photography Tips: best camera settings for any subject

Night Photography Tips: best camera settings for any subject

Does your digital camera only come out during the hours of daylight? 
It can be tempting 
to wait for the sun to shine, but packing your camera away as soon as the light begins to fail can mean missing hours of great picture opportunities. Night photography can be one of the most rewarding genres you’ll shoot.

Your DSLR is more than capable of taking great pictures in these conditions – but it needs your help. If you take a point-and-shoot approach when the light gets low, you’ll end up either with blurred pictures or images where the atmosphere of the scene has been lost.

But there’s no need to be afraid of the dark; we’ve got the answers to all of your frequently asked questions on how to set up your camera to shoot night photography.

We’ll show you the exact settings you’ll need to use, and which gadgets are really worth taking out and about with you. We’ll also throw in plenty of great tricks to help you encourage your camera out of its nightly slumber.

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  • Don DeMaio

    How could you shoot aerial fireworks with a 20-second exposure? Most fireworks don’t even last for 20 seconds?

  • Chupacabra

    That’s the point Don – a longer exposure allows several of the aerials to be captured