You tend to think you always know how to do something or at least have an idea of how it should be done until you are put to the test. Admittedly I haven’t been practising much night photography lately (as I have been concentrating on capturing more daytime images) and the proof was in the photos I was taking. I was shown the science behind taking sharp and creative photos recently by a professional photographer while on A long weekend in Berlin.
The organiser of the four day photography workshop I attended explained it to me in detail and guided me through the process. Looking back on it now it is so important to understand exposure and what camera settings to use to produce the perfect ingredients for night images.
Luckily I had the right equipment with me to start off with….a tripod, to keep the camera nice and steady (to be able to obtain sharp and crisp photos) and a remote shutter release to reduce unnecessary vibrations.
I set my camera to manual mode (to have better control) and used a very low ISO setting with a shutter speed of about 30 seconds. The remote shutter release really came in handy at this point. I then played around with the aperture between f4 to f10 depending on whether I was opting for a wide aperture or not.
There you have it! Don’t worry, we’ll master this thing called night photography one day and won’t need to worry so much about the technical aspect but rather focus on being super creative. For me the most important factors are having the tripod and remote shutter release. To then set the camera to manual and play around with the aperture and shutter speed to get the desired affect that you’re looking for.
Peace and love,