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Mastering the Nightlife Photography


  • 13 Sep, 2018
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It’s really amazing when sun goes down… the darkness falls and the lights are switched on, the world seems different at night... the city empties, the lights from the streetlamps, even the road which we are familiar feels exciting. All these makes the photographers feel fascinated about night photography and the depth of colour offered by it. Most of our cameras will be idle after the sunset, many are unaware about the scope  of night photography. As a photographer, night photography helps to explore our creativity and the compositional techniques that enhances the skills.
The basic question that an amateur might have in his/her mind is “how to shoot an exemplary image at night?” Everyone will be aware about the beauty of night life, but most of us are unaware about the beautiful clicks which we get from night photography. 

Let’s explore deep into Night Photography.
It’s the light, that brings life to your photographs. Capturing photographs at night  is always been a risk to photographers as it takes more time and effort. Night photography becomes interesting only after learning more about the tips and techniques to be used to capture better clicks from darkness. 
Capturing photographs between dusk and dawn helps you to stand out from the crowd. It’s really interesting to understand that the locations that appear rather mundane in daylight, completely changes its appearance at night. The well lit light plays a major role in night photography.

The ambiguity about night photography is to identify the most unique angle, the most unique lights, finding lights even from signs, street lights etc.
Some of the requirements for night photography are:-
Tripod:- Tripod is necessary to keep the camera steady during the long exposures. It helps to avoid shaky, fuzzy and unclear photos.
Wide angle lens:- Wide angle lenses will stretch the background, making distances appear larger than normal.
Flash light: - Flashlight helps to increase the originality or to focus on a point and to lighten up space that is too dark.
Remote release:- Remote release helps to avoid blurring of the photograph due to movements.
Rules of composition is same as that of day light photography. One of the tips to keep in mind is to balance aperture and shutter speed.
Some tips to keep in mind are:-
Choose a subject and the location
Night photography is little difficult and interesting than that of day light photography. Decide on the subject first and then study in detail about it. Identify the location before the night falls to identify the subject and the composition to capture great images.
Keep in mind to balance aperture and shutter speed
Shutter speed helps us to improve quality. It should be set to 5- 15 seconds with narrow aperture which will create great images. The lowest number aperture should be used for night photography as there is a need of as much light as possible to minimise noise.
Focus on infinity 
Put the lens in manual, turn the focus ring to the ∞ (infinity sign) and come back a millimeter or two.
Avoid long exposure
Long exposure will lead to blurry images.
Increase the ISO setting
ISO setting plays a great role in maintaining the quality of a photo. It can be raised to 3200-6400 to get perfect and detailed photographs.

So what’s stopping you from night photography, see yourself outside in the darklight and capture the best ever photographs.


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