Do you admire the beauty of the lunar path reflected on the sea surface, the mysterious starry sky or the illumination of the night city? Do you know how to convey the unique light nuances in the dark in a photo? Then you can’t do without key knowledge about night photography.
It would seem that using a photoflash should quickly and easily solve the problem of lack of light. However, it only illuminates well those objects that are five or seven meters away from the camera, while the foreground objects that are as close to the lens as possible (less than one meter) are blurred to a white spot and the background becomes almost indistinguishable. So the range of visibility during flash is quite narrow.
Let’s try to work with the camera settings responsible for light sensitivity. Here the possibilities of the camera will depend on the size of the sensor: by increasing the ISO parameters, you allow more light to reach the sensor, and, accordingly, the richer it will be light-sensitive components (pixels), the more natural in color rendering the picture will be.
Low resolution of the camera, or a small sensor, leads to the appearance of noise when the light sensitivity parameters are increased, and therefore the quality of pictures is noticeably deteriorated.
Night Shooting Methods. Tips for taking pictures of night scenes
The most effective technique for taking pictures at night is to increase the shutter speed. It can be adjusted by setting the S mode. In this case, you need to secure the camera with a tripod or choose a suitable sturdy mounting surface (bench or kerb). This will help avoid “smearing” pictures.
Another option is to change the number of apertures by setting mode A. The number f should not exceed 11.
Alternatively, select mode P and the camera will set the shutter speed and aperture value to suit the circumstances.
You can set the ISO to 200 or less within 2-5 seconds to take a picture of a landscape.
If you are too lazy to adjust the camera settings, look at the automatic dark shooting modes that are available on any camera starting with the soap dish.
A more professional optical technician has several specialized versions of night mode. These are ‘portrait at dusk’, ‘night scenery’, ‘sunset’ and ‘twilight at hand’.