How to take pictures at night: pro tips for spotting creative scenes after dark

How to take pictures at night: pro tips for spotting creative scenes after dark

Our professional photographer’s recommended gear

Our professional photographer's recommended gear: tripod

Tripod
“Fortunately, there was a spare tripod for me to use, otherwise I would have ended up with very shaky shots when using slow shutter speeds on our night shoot,” Caroline says. “I liked the fact that the tripod had a spirit level, which made it easier to keep my shots straight.”

 

Our professional photographer's recommended gear: grey card

Grey card
Customise your camera’s white balance (light source) using a grey card and you can achieve some interesting imagery at night. Simply photograph the grey card under a street light’s orangey glow – it doesn’t matter if it’s not super sharp – then go to your camera’s Custom White Balance menu and tweak the settings – see page 130 for more on setting white balance.

 

Our professional photographer's recommended gear: tilt-shift lens

Tilt & Shift lens
Caroline was using both her Canon 35-80mm f/4 and Sigma 70-200mm f/4 lenses when Simon suggested she try using his Canon 24mm f/3.5 Tilt & Shift lens for the Tower Bridge shot above.

“These lenses are brilliant for architecture photography because they ‘shift’ and enable you to alter perspective and correct trapezoidal effects on tall buildings. They help you to avoid capturing distorted-looking buildings,” said Simon.

“The ‘tilt’ movements allow you to obtain a wide depth of field, even at the maximum aperture, and keep the entire subject in focus, too.”

PAGE 1: Meet our professional photographer and apprentice
PAGE 2: Tips on how to take pictures at night
PAGE 3: Final tips from our professional photographer
PAGE 4: Our professional photographer’s recommended gear
PAGE 5: Shot of the Day

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