3 Tips to Master Night Photography

For any photographer, capturing the landscape or people at night is fascinating. Some breath-taking images can be taken of the cityscape with lights or of the night sky brimming with stars. Even though the entire procedure may be fascinating, night photography is not an easy task to master. It requires precision and a complete comprehension of the camera. There has to be enough knowledge about the settings of the camera to maneuver the shutter speed, aperture, or ISO.

Given below are a few tips that one can follow to become a master at the art of night photography:-

Incorporation of Manual Mode

Almost all cameras nowadays are adept with autofocus. Though very useful, at night, it creates difficulties for the camera. Thus, when one uses the manual mode at night, it allows them to have full control over the camera and does not focus on any segment of the scene being photographed. There are several photography workshops for beginners where one is taught how to use the manual mode. Trusted camera manufacturers like Canon Edge also conduct workshops for basic and advanced photography. 

It is advisable to turn the manual focus to infinity and enhance the subject one wants to capture, adjusting it till it's sharp.

Use of Tripod

When one takes pictures at night, it takes a longer time and long exposures, and this means that the camera needs to be steady. Even the shutter speed generally is more than 10 seconds, allowing the camera to capture as much light as possible from the environment. One should use a tripod to ensure that the camera is held in a steady posture. One should purchase tripods that can handle a heavy camera's weight and are preferably constituted of aluminum. The tripod’s bubble spirit can be put to use to figure out whether or not it is straight.

Tripods should be purchased from trusted manufacturers like Canon Edge. Their Tripod Grip HG-100 TBR is both light and durable.


A lot of amateur photographers feel that incorporating a higher ISO for night photography is the ideal choice. But a higher ISO at night can heighten the noise and grain in the photograph. The new cameras being produced these days can capture images at extremely high ISO settings, thus rendering the images noiseless. Canon Edge’s EOS R3 is equipped with great ISO technology which enhances night photography.

Converting to RAW

Most amateur photographers capture images and then store them in JPEG format. It does not take up much memory space and need not be changed into another file for uploading. In most photography training workshops or webinars, one gets to learn that despite the apparent advantage of JPEG files, one should change to the RAW setting in the camera menu during night photography. This makes the quality of the image better than the JPEG files. In addition, one can keep away from grainy images by using RAW.

A lot of other tips, such as taking test shots, doing bracket exposure, and switching to aperture priority mode, can be incorporated. But, one should attend workshops or webinars to understand the nuances better.

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