Night photography can be frustrating and exciting at the same time. It requires a lot of patience. Because, the darkness is so intense we learn to appreciate the colours differently and so the photo camera.
This is the fun side of night photography, wandering in the dark looking for a tiny source of light.
If you think your favourite spot in this earth looks amazing in the daytime, think about portraying it at night. You’d be surprise of what a moon light can do.
Here in Worthing there are many places to go for a nice view. The pier is a classic, it looks stunning day and night. However, you don’t need to go far, you can start in your neighbourhood experimenting with street lights and see what comes out from that.
There are thousands of things you can do, this is what I’ve learned so far:
Set the camera on a long exposure, get a tripod and take as many pictures as you can. It’s dark so you need a long exposure in order to have more light reaching the sensor. To avoid camera shake and blurred images use a tripod.
A high ISO can help you in tricky dark situations, especially if you don’t have a tripod. Modern cameras can go as higher as 409, 600! you don’t need to go that high but always is good to know this option is there.
Check the weather forecast beforehand. Planning your trip in advance gives you an idea of the sort of place you’re heading to. The last thing you want is to expose your equipment to water and ruin the trip.
If you’re out for a long session make sure you have another battery, it would be a shame to run out of battery in the middle of a shooting.
Play with the white balance setting on your camera. It’s all about trial and error, white balance can be a pain if you’re looking for a real life effect. Thankfully, modern cameras can set the white balance for you. Set it in auto, shot in raw for better editing and voilá.