Astrophotography is all about stars, constellations and an uplifting sense of wonder. There are a number of simple targets for the beginner to aim for, and you don’t need specialist equipment or expensive glass.
A fantastic subject to get you started in night photography is traffic light trails – long tendrils of colourful light that form wonderful abstract shapes. The great news is that it’s an easy technique to learn and you can produce really eye-catching images with some very basic gear. All you need is an SLR with a wide-angle zoom lens, a sturdy tripod, a remote shutter release and a basic grounding in tried and tested night photography techniques.
Painting with light is one of the easiest ways to transform your night scenes from ordinary to extraordinary. Although you rely on natural light for most daylight photography, introducing artificial light when shooting night photography allows you to get really creative.
Find out how to get better Guy Fawkes Day and Fourth of July pictures with our tips on how to photograph fireworks. We also dissect one of our own fireworks photos to explain why we think it works, as well as show you how to fake it by making your own great fireworks composites in Photoshop. Click to read more…
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.
Shooting ultra-long shutter speeds at night can turn a dimly lit scene into something that’s full of detail. In particular, this can even capture the otherwise unnoticeable movement of the stars.
Capturing star trails is a great subject to photograph during the summer. It may get darker late, but skies are generally clearer and it’s a lot less cold!
You don’t need us to tell you there’s no need to pack away your digital camera just because the sun’s gone down. Night photography is one of the more thrilling genres of taking pictures, and one of its more popular sub-genres is capturing the effect of light trails.
Traffic trails are a classic example of how a long exposure can pep up a dusk shot. Find out how to do it inside…
Are your architectural photos starting to feel a bit samey? If you’re looking to spice up your portfolio, capturing pin-sharp night photos of buildings can be a real striking showpiece in your architectural archive. But night photography can also prove a real challenge if you don’t use the right settings and techniques.
To make sure your get off on the right foot, we’ve put together our best 7 tried-and-tested techniques that are guaranteed to improve your architectural night photography.
The days may be getting longer, but (hopefully) they will also be getting warmer. Spring and summer are perfect times of the year to explore the world of night photography, but as you can imagine, there are many challenges when working with long exposures. Below we’ve identified 12 of the most common problems you’ll encounter when shooting night photography and offered our tips for overcoming them.
Do you have your own night photography tips, or perhaps problems you’ve encountered in your own night photography endeavours that we haven’t covered here? Why not share them in the comments!
Has Seasonal Affective Disorder got you particularly down about your night photography and low light pictures in general? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. It’s one of the more challenging subjects in photography.
Learn how to take better photos at night with these 9 carefully selected night photography tips for beginners. Whether you want to learn how to take photos of the night sky, find out how to paint with light or just want to know the right camera settings for night photography, these 9 tips will give you a solid foundation and get you ready to start tackling a number of popular techniques.