It is said that light is a photographer’s best friend. Some photographers don’t take chances doing photo shoots at night without knowing that the night could offer something different to the photos. All it takes is practice and the proper tools in order to properly work around the dark. You’ll be surprised at how fun it is to shoot at night and how beautiful the photos are.
If you really want to capture the beauty of the dark, try taking photographs 15 minutes before the sun rises and 15 minutes before the sun sets. There is something beautiful going about the sky during these times and it is something worth taking photograph of.
To make sure that you will be able to take good photos, you will need the right tools and equipment for the job. Here are the most basic things you will need in taking photos in the dark:
– Tripod. A tripod is essential during long exposures to prevent the camera from shaking. It is also ideal when taking photos at a certain angle. If you find yourself shooting in the dark without a tripod, make your own. Just find a stable surface where you can position your camera. Invest on a stable yet lightweight tripod so you can carry it wherever you go.
– Cable Release. To make sure that your camera stays still during long exposures, using a cable release is the best option so you won’t shake it when triggering the shutter.
– Wide Lens. Wide lenses are best use when focusing in the dark. It also gives the image incredible sharpness.
– Flashlight. You may think a flashlight as silly but it is important when you are going around in the dark so you won’t trip on anything. It can also be used as a light to help you set your focus.
– External Flash. External flash which is triggered manually is important in illuminating darker areas. Keeping it on Manual Mode will enable you to adjust the lighting as necessary.
After making sure that you’ve got your entire equipment ready, the next thing you need is to know more about your camera
– the focus, settings and exposure. For beginners it is best to try and shoot in the dark and don’t be afraid to experiment. Test different aperture, check out various shutter speed and see the differences every time you adjust something.
Here are some tips you should follow:
– Turn manual mode ON
Turning the manual exposure mode on your camera settings will give you the control to adjust things such as the aperture and the shutter speed. This will also allow you to make adjustments as the light changes.
– Set your aperture and shutter speed
When shooting at night, you need to calculate the right exposure. You will not get it right at the first try but the more you shoot at night, the more you will know about the right settings.