Night Sky Photography: pro secrets for stunning moonlight landscapes

Night Sky Photography: pro secrets for stunning moonlight landscapes

You may think it seems counter-intuitive to shoot landscapes once the sun has disappeared and light levels drop, but night sky photography actually has a special quality that brings a completely new dimension to your images. Find out what secrets the pros use to take stunning moonlit landscapes.

Behind The Image: David Clapp is dancing in the moonlight with a Canon EOS-1D X

Behind The Image: David Clapp on dancing in the moonlight with a Canon EOS-1D X

In his latest guest blog post, professional photographer David Clapp recounts his ongoing night photography experiments shooting in moonlight and how one of the biggest challenges is retaining the sense of night. To read about and see more of his work, follow David on Facebook or visit David’s photo blog.

Free night photography cheat sheet: how to shoot popular low-light scenes

Free night photography cheat sheet: shoot any low-light scene

In our latest photography cheat sheet, we’ve seized upon these themes and created a handy flowchart that explains step-by-step how to achieve four of the more popular night photography subjects.

Our night photography cheat sheet shows you how to shoot city scenes, moonlit landscapes, low-light portraits and the ever-popular painting with light.

DIY Photography Hacks: capture light-painted orbs with common household items

DIY Photography Hacks: capture light-painted orbs with common household items

Painting with light is one of the more satisfying sub-genres of night photography, producing amazing pictures that look almost like clever Photoshop effects. But it can sometimes seem daunting with the fancy torches and light sources. In this light painting tutorial we offer a fresh DIY photography approach to add to your book of night photography ideas. Follow our 8 step tutorial below and learn how to capture light-painted orbs using nothing more than some fairy lights, rope and a few more common household items.

Bulb Mode: how to get pro-quality shots in low light

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The longest automatic shutter speed setting on digital cameras is 30 seconds, which is fine for most subjects. However, there are some situations when you need to make much longer exposures – after dark, for example. This is where your camera’s Bulb mode – (B) exposure setting – comes in. This handy setting allows you to hold the shutter open for as long as required, enabling exposures of minutes (or hours) to be made.