Digital photography has come a long way in recent years. Things that were not easily achievable before can now be done through a smartphone. Small lenses can take your camera’s sight to the moon, small bodies can produce images previously only achieved by heavy DSLRs, and fast action can be frozen in an instant.
However, there are still a few things that camera makers are constantly trying to improve upon. One of these is low light photography. While this type of photography has also come a long way, it still is not an easy process to get a perfect shot at night. Till that day comes when all you have to do is press the shutter button to take a great low light photo, here are some tips to help you be better at night photography:
Use a Wide Aperture
Using a lens with a wide aperture is essential if you want to take night photos easily. While it is possible to get a decent low light photo with a narrower aperture, a wider lens is going to make the job much easier because it pulls in more light into the camera sensor. This has two subsequent effects; you don’t have to lower your shutter speed too much and you don’t have to crank up your ISO to an unusable level.
Buy a Tripod
Long exposure photography is a great way to take creative night photos. For this purpose, you need to use a tripod to make sure your camera stays still during the long exposure. You can take photos of the stars, create light paintings, and much more with the help of a steady tripod.
Start Using Lights
You should also use some external lights to brighten up your scenes. There are some great DIY solutions that you can employ in your photography, so you don’t have to spend too much money on these either. Sometimes even a simply flashlight can help you create an amazing long exposure shot at night, or a simple diffuser in front of your camera’s built-in flash can help take a great portrait.
Find the ISO Limit
New photographers are often attracted towards high ISO numbers. Of course, a higher ISO means a brighter image, but it also means an uncontrollable amount of noise in your image. So before you start taking the ISO way up, learn what its upper limit is that can be used without ruining image quality. Do some tests in your room with the lighting turned down, and see how high you can take the ISO before you start seeing visible noise. Most cameras are good up to 800 ISO, and many can go till 1600 before showing too much noise.
So keep these tips and tricks in mind the next time you go out to take some images at night or in the dark. You don’t have to use up too much money or put in a lot of effort to learn how to take good photos in the dark.