NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY: A BEGINNERS’ GUIDE
If there’s one expression guaranteed to strike fear into the most experienced photographer’s heart, it’s ‘night photography’. After all, if photography is the study and exposure of light, how can you find decent pictures when light is completely absent?
You need a few bits and bobs to do a good job with night photography. A fast lens, for one thing: you’re looking to get as much light as possible through the lens, which means f/2.8 is more of a maximum aperture than a minimum. A tripod is another: something solid and stable that won’t blow around in the wind. You’ll also need a light source: the best way forward is a proper strobe, ideally triggered wirelessly, for the best combination of power and flexibility. Failing that, head torch:
Another tech tip: you don’t necessarily need a proper camera remote for night time photography, (although it won’t hurt) but you should definitely use your camera’s two-second timer – or, if you’re using one of our wifi cameras, the remote shutter on offer in the O.I Share app. That way, you won’t disrupt your image’s sharpness when you press the shutter release: two seconds is enough time for the camera to stop moving before it fires a shot.
Finally, make the most of night time photography: if you’re already on location – camping is a great way of making sure you’re in the right place, all the time – keep an eye on what time sunrise is to capitalise on shots that combine both foreground silhouettes and a splash of background colour.