Taking Photographs at Night
It does not matter whether you want to take gorgeous photos of the night sky or a scene that only comes to life at night, night time photography is an art in itself. Plus learning this builds the foundation of not a good but a great photographer.
Use a Tripod
When you shoot at night, it means that there will be less light and very slow shutter speeds. You could be armed with the latest camera but it will be between 1 to 30 seconds. With hand held, that is not fast enough at all. To get sharp results, a smart trick is to keep the camera steady, for which a tripod is the best equipment. Your job is to make sure that the tripod is securely attached and rock solid. It is very easy to just end up with soft images if you fail to check and then double check.
Plan The Location Of Photography Beforehand
Before you venture at night in search of the perfect scene, you could do well by saving valuable time later on at night by securing the location of the shoot first. Start by scouting the best shots in your locality. Wherever you find the most interesting architecture and available lights is the place to be. You also need to check which roads are the busiest and which is the safest spot for you to photograph from.
Use The Sweet Spot
There is always the Sweet Spot range for you to choose from your camera lens. You will find this between f/8 and f/16. But it is equally important that you take test shots just to find out. When you capture with the use of aperture, you are able to get sharp results.
The Night Time Settings
At night time, it is recommended that you shoot with the Manual Mode. You can choose the narrowest aperture along with slow shutter speed settings in order to execute night time photography. All you have to do is begin by design and focusing on your shot and making sure that the narrow aperture is set at f/16. You can take some shots of this if you want as well while reviewing these on your LCD. For your camera, this is by far the best exposure. If you still think that the shoots are looking a little too bright, then you might want to underexpose a little bit.