Thursday, January 16, 2014

DSLR Night Photography


So, let's say you have a DSLR camera.  A camera that you never take off of the Auto setting because manual photography is intimidating and the instruction booklet reads like a foreign language.  Suppose you want to shoot some night scenes, because there are some really nice shots to be captured at night, and also because there is considerably less daytime than nightime this time of year.

Attempts at photographing the moon come out looking like this.  Blurry and grainy.  Not at all capturing what the sky looked like that night.


So you go online, determined to learn the best way to take photos at night.  You find all kinds of useful information.  Of course, you share what you found:

DSLR camera settings and tips for taking city landscapes at night

7 Bright Ways How to Shoot Street Photography at Night

Night Photography - Taking Night Shots

Photographing the Night Sky Using Your Digital SLR

Night Photography Tips

Digital Camera World: Night Photography


And you ask for help.  Do you have any good night photography links or tips to add?  Please post them in the comments section!

17 comments:

  1. No great links but I definitely shoot manual. A tripod is great, and since it's annoying to carry around, I use makeshift tripods - benches, posts, whatever! And I shoot to a light source - like city lights or holiday lights with as slow a shutter speed as I can get without handshake being an issue! And I try to shoot as wide open as possible without blurring too much.
    It's kinda fun!

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  2. Great pictures and tips, Jenn. I think we all have some issues taking pictures at night, I know I do...thanks! Also, thank you for the recent note you sent me. I have been away from blogging, but hope to get back to it soon.

    Dawn

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  3. This is something I have yet to figure out! Your photos are great!! I have so much to learn so you have inspired me to push forward and give this a whirl!!! Happy weekend to you! Nicole

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  4. This looks okay.....I know what you mean about the grainy thing; it drives me mad, even in low light it's terrible.

    http://www.dslrtips.com/workshops/How_to_take_photos_at_night/manual_long_exposure.shtml

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  5. I'm terrible at taking shots at night. I may need to take a look at those links!

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  6. I tried taking a picture of the moon a few months ago, and it did not turn out either:( Your photos look so much better than mine did! Thanks for linking up some tips--I'll check those out. I'm visiting for This Analog Adventure and excited to follow along:)

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  7. Love this! I just got my DSLR and haven't braved night photos yet (though I did take some pretty awful pre-dawn photos the other day :). Can't wait to check out those links, especially since a tripod is next on my list. Stopping by from Photography Fridays to say hello!

    Amy | Club Narwhal

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  8. Thank you! Some great tips on night photography in the links you proving.

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  9. Thanks for sharing these links. I almost had some awesome shots one night - but should have used a tripod due to long shutter speed. I think yours turned out very well!
    Kim @ Curtain Queen Creates

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  10. Thanks you for all your tips, which I am going to check out. I love your moon shots, which really remind me of some I took last summer. I do like the idea that we are all looking up at the same moon whereever we are in the world.

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  11. I have yet to venture much into night photography, but I'm going to bookmark those links! Keep practicing, that's the only tip I have to offer, haha. Oh, and get a tripod (if you don't already have one)

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  12. Beautiful photos? Thanks for sharing on #LOBS weekend. ~A~

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  13. Great tips! Thanks for joining #LOBS!

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  14. Thanks for sharing these links! I'm definitely one that is intimidated by my DSLR camera, especially at night.

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  15. Your photos are awesome! Thanks for sharing the links. Visiting from #LOBS
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  16. Brilliant! Night photography is something that has always been a complete minefield for me so thank you for sharing and thank you for linking to PoCoLo x

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  17. I've tried to take night photos, even using a tripod, and still can't get it right. And I'm pretty good with a dSLR, so I don't know what the issue is. Practice makes perfect though, right?! Going to read those links and see if there's anything I'm doing wrong. Thanks for sharing!

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