Meta Reviews The Best Night Photography Tips For Beginner Photographers
The Best Night Photography Tips
Night Photography – In this section of Photography Tips and Techniques, Meta Explains The Best Night Photography Tips For Beginner Photographers.
Shooting at Night – Night Photography involves shooting at the Golden Hour (Sunset) or the Blue Hour (Sunrise), which are 30 minutes before and after Sunset and Sunrise.
Meta’s Night Photography Tips and Techniques
Night Photography Tips 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 Lens or Minolta AF 50mm f/1.4 Lens, depending on the background distance. Here are Meta’s Top Tips for Shooting Better Night Photography:
• Many Public Parks close after Dusk so check their Rules and Regulations.
• Wear a Red LED Headlamp – Allows Hands Free Night Vision in Total Darkness.
• Best Time for Night Photography – Golden Hour for Sunsets / Blue Hour for Sunrises.
• Always Shoot in RAW.
• 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.
Meta’s Night Photography Sony Camera Settings
Camera: Sony a77 II Camera
Lens: Minolta AF 24mm f/2.8 Lens or Minolta AF 50mm f/1.4 Lens
Camera Mode: Manual Mode
Tripod: Sturdy Tripod with Sony Remote Control
Focus: Manual Focus to Infinity
White Balance: Auto White Balance – When shooting in RAW it doesn’t matter
Image Stabilization – Turn Off when on a Sturdy Tripod
Filter: HOYA Variable ND Filter
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.
AAA Lithium Batteries.
Meta’s Night Photography Field Kit attaches to the back of her Camera Bag. This Modular Configuration is used only for her Night Photography and contains:
• 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 Tripod
• 1 Sony Remote Control to Prevent Camera Shake
• 1 Dew Remover Heated Lens Wrap – For Use on Cool Summer 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 AA 3V Lithium Battery – Spare Battery for Red LED Flashlights
• 2 CR2032 Lithium Batteries – Spare Batteries for Sony Remote Control and Red LED Micro-Flashlight
• 4 Zeiss Lens Cleaning Wipes – Vest Pocket
• 1 Zeiss Microfiber Lens Cloth – Vest Pocket
Shooting in at night or in total darkness isn’t easy. Wearing a Low Power Red LED Headlamp and having a Red LED Micro-Flashlight attached to your Tripod can help maintain your night vision, while still illuminating your Camera and Tripod. If you park your vehicle by your camera setup, consider switching your vehicle’s Dome Lights to Red LED Dome Lights.
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