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    How to photograph anything: best camera settings for street photography

    | Photography Tips | 08/07/2013 00:01am
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    Best camera settings for shooting a city at night

    Best camera settings for shooting a city at night

    The colours and contrast produced by street lamps and other artificial lights after dark transforms every city or street scene. Choosing the right settings is key to capturing these colours and contrast successfully though.

    The contrast between the bright street lamps and the darkness of the night means you can’t rely on the metering of the camera to give consistent results.

    So you’ll need to switch to Manual Exposure mode, and start by setting the exposure to 5 seconds at f/8 and the ISO to 200. Then take a test exposure, check the histogram and use a longer shutter speed if it’s too dark or a shorter one if it’s too light.

    You’ll also find it easiest to use Manual rather than Automatic focus, as your camera will struggle to focus in dark conditions. The final setting you’ll need to change is the White Balance, which you should set to Tungsten.

    How to set up your camera to photograph the city at night

    How to set up your camera to photograph the city at night: manual exposure mode

    Exposure mode   Manual
    The bright lights and dark shadows can easily fool your camera’s automatic exposure systems, so select manual exposure mode and take a test shot. Then use the histogram review to check the exposure.

     

    How to set up your camera to photograph the city at night: Tungsten ISO

    White balance   Tungsten
    Select the tungsten or indoor preset white balance to accurately capture the colours of street lights and other artificial light sources.

    Shutter speed   5 seconds

    Aperture   f/8

    ISO   200

    Lens   18mm to 24mm

    Focus mode   Manual

    Drive mode   Self-timer (or single shot if using a remote release)

    PAGE 1: Best camera settings for candid street photography
    PAGE 2: Best camera settings for street photography with movement
    PAGE 3: Best camera settings for shooting a city at night

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