Sanjeev Nanda tips for Shooting in the Dark

28 Jun
Sanjeev Nanda tips and tricks

Night time aura is mesmerizing

There’s something mysterious and seductive about nighttime photography. Perhaps it’s the romantic air of celebratory fireworks or a gentle snowfall.

Maybe it’s the eeriness of an old, dilapidated farmhouse or an ancient cemetery on a foggy eve. A spooky scarecrow or an old wooden fence may also make great targets for your camera’s roving eye.

Even still, a crisp and cool fall evening produces great subjects with harvest-ready pumpkin patches and silhouettes of trees with half-fallen leaves.

Here are some tips that will make your night photography a delight:

1. Select a creative subject.

Sanjeev nanda tips and tricks

Light illuminating the structure at night

You might choose a romantic cityscape or the boardwalk at night. You may find favorable opportunities in shooting fireworks or other light shows. Don’t forget about bridges and other structures that may be lit at nightfall.

2. Begin with the night mode setting

Sanjeev Nanda tips and tricks

Night Mode Shot - Using a tripod is a good idea

Until you are comfortable with your camera and its settings, practice photographing nighttime scenes and subjects with your camera’s presets.

3. Elongate the exposure time

Sanjeev Nanda tips and tricks

Playing with exposure time can surprise you

A longer shutter exposure will help you to capture sharper nighttime images.

4. Don’t erase imperfection!

Blurry and out of focus images make for a unique, artistic touch. Remember, you can always delete images later, but you can’t recreate the opportunity very easily.

5. Allow a tripod to do the dirty work

Sanjeev Nanda tips and tricks

Tripod not only enhances stability but also gives you patience to click those stunning images

Affix your digital camera to a tripod for ultimate stability and elimination of camera shake. It is vital to keep the camera steady if you want to capture the best shots.

6. Consider shooting without a flash

Sanjeev Nanda tips and tricks

Low light photograph without flash

Switch between a flash and settings based on your proximity to the subject. Close subjects may benefit from flash whereas distant subjects will not. Where you have natural light, such as a full moon, overhead streetlights or bright city lights, consider shooting without a flash. You can also take photos during or just after sunset for a beautiful glowing hue.

7. Be camera-happy

Take as many photos as you like, and then take some more. If you shoot a large number of photos, you are sure to have more “keepers” than if you merely shoot a handful of each subject.

8. For situations with limited light, adjust your ISO to a higher setting

This enhances your digital camera’s sensitivity and thereby reduces blur.

9. Gradually increase your settings for best results

This is known as “bracketing,” a technique photographers use to adjust and modify their cameras’ settings without making any drastic changes. After you take a number of photos with each different setting, you’ll be able to examine the images on the computer and determine the best programming.

10. Shoot at different angles.

In addition to standard horizontal and vertical angles, get a little bit creative. Shoot wide shots for landscape and city line images and vertical shots for tall subjects. Experiment with aerial shots from atop bridges, buildings and other structures. If it is a warm evening and you are in a safe, clean location, lay on the ground and take a shot upward. Modify your angles until you find the ones that best suit your shooting style.

Many people consider nighttime photography to be a tough facet of digital photography to master. Low lighting calls for modified settings on the camera, and multiple shots to achieve the best possible image. Take your time, practice and you’ll soon discover your own talents in nighttime photography.

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One Response to “Sanjeev Nanda tips for Shooting in the Dark”

  1. prashant June 28, 2010 at 10:45 pm #

    Great tips buddy

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