ISO settings in low light: when, and how, to increase your camera’s sensitivity

ISO settings in low light: when, and how, to increase your camera's sensitivity

Using a tripod to shoot at low ISO settings

A tripod is essential if you want to explore photography at night. The light levels after dark are so low that not even a high ISO setting will help you get blur-free pictures.

But when the camera is locked down on a tripod, it doesn’t matter how long the exposure is because the camera won’t move. You can set the lowest ISO to get the best quality, and small apertures for more depth of field.

Using a tripod to shoot at low ISO settings

Tripod tips
Keep the camera level to avoid converging verticals, and if you don’t have a remote release, use the self-timer so that you don’t jog the camera as the shutter fires.

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ISO settings in low light: when, and how, to increase your camera's sensitivity

Long exposures
This was taken at ISO 200 with an aperture of f/11 and an exposure time of five seconds. The long exposure will blur anything that moves, including clouds in the sky, water and even passers-by. This blurring can be very attractive and is part of the appeal of night photography.

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