The Best Night Photography Tips and Techniques For Beginners

How To Shoot Night Photography For Beginners

Night Photography – In this section of Digital Photography Tips and Techniques, Photos By Meta Explains How To Shoot Night Photography.

Shooting at Night – This often involves shooting at the Golden Hour (Sunset) or the Blue Hour (Sunrise), which are 30 minutes before and after Sunset and Sunrise.

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How To Shoot Night Photography

Night Photography Tips and Techniques For Sunrises and Sunsets

Meta enjoys shooting Night Photography at Sunrises and Sunsets, which often means setting up or break down in total darkness. Meta uses her Minolta AF 24mm f/2.8 or Minolta AF 50mm f/1.4 Lenses, depending on the background distance.

• Many Public Parks close after Dusk so check their Rules and Regulations.
• Wear a Red LED Headlamp – This allows Hands Free Night Vision in Total Darkness.
• Best Time for Night Photography – Golden Hour for Sunsets / Blue Hour for Sunrises.
• Shoot in RAW with Exposure Brackets which can later be used for HDR Photography.
• Turn Off Image Stabilization when Shooting on a Sturdy Tripod.
• White Balance – Use 3200°K to Cool Down and Boost Blue Skies. When shooting in RAW it doesn’t matter.
• Don’t Trust your Camera’s Light Meter. Use Spot Metering and AEL to Lock onto a Neutral Area – Take Some Test Shots.
• Long Exposures will require a 3 Stop ND Filter or use a Variable ND Filter.

Night Photography Digital Camera Settings

Camera: Sony a77 II Digital Camera
Lens: Minolta AF 24mm f/2.8 or Minolta AF 50mm f/1.4
Camera Mode: Manual Mode
Tripod: Sturdy Tripod with Wireless Remote Control
Focus: Manual Focus to Infinity
White Balance: 3200°K – When shooting in RAW it doesn’t matter
Image Stabilization – Turn Off when on a Sturdy Tripod
Filter: HOYA Variable ND Filter
ISO: 100
Shutter Speed: Shoot Bracketed Mode 5 Shots, 1EV apart
Aperture: f/8.0 to f/11 – Slowly Decrease Aperture Size as the Sun Rises. Slowly Increase Aperture Size as the Sun Sets.

Tripod Leg Pouches for Long Exposure Lightning Photography at Night

Meta uses a Sturdy Tripod for Long Exposure Photography, including Lightning Photography at Night. Velcroed on the 3 Sturdy Tripod Legs are 2 Black Rapid Bryce Pouches and 1 Protective Case for the Intervalometer. The 2 Bryce Pouches contain:
• 1 Red LED Headlamp – Allows Hands Free Night Vision in Total Darkness
• 1 Red LED Flashlight – Helps with Night Vision in Total Darkness
• 1 Red LED Micro-Flashlight – Clips to outside of Bryce Pouch
• 1 Wireless Remote Control to Prevent Camera Shake
• 1 Dew Remover Heated Lens Wrap – For Use on Cool Nights
• 1 Anker 13000 USB Power Bank – Powers Dew Remover for about 2.5 Hours
• 3 AAA Lithium Batteries – Spare Batteries for Red LED Headlamp
• 2 AAA Lithium Batteries – Spare Batteries for the Intervalometer
• 1 3.6V Lithium Battery – Spare Battery for Red LED Flashlights
• 2 CR2032 Lithium Batteries – Spare Batteries for Wireless Remote Control and Red LED Micro-Flashlight
• 4 Zeiss Lens Cleaning Wipes – Front Pocket
• 1 Zeiss Microfiber Lens Cloth – Front Pocket

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