Mastering Night Photography

We all love the prospect of taking photos at night and making them come alive. Below are some of the tools that you’ll need to carry along with your camera:

  • Tripod. This is not always a necessity, but a tripod gives one flexibility to get the angles while keeping the camera steady for those long exposures.
  • Wide-angle lenses. This work well with night photography.
  • A lens hood. To minimize lens flares from light entering at angles outside of your frame.
  • A flashlight. This can be used to draw attention to or simply lighten up an important part of the foreground that is too dark.
  • Our imagination. This is probably one of the most important tools because it is what will make our photos creative.

Mastering Night Photography

Learn how to do night photography from the experts at CreativeLive

Night photography might sound good, but it could also be complicated and difficult. That is why CreativeLive came up with the Night Photography Week, 5 days of on-location courses taught by the pros over at National Parks at Night. The Travelstoked team was behind the creation of this epic event, giving the attendees the best night photography ideas.

The best cameras, lenses, and gear for night photography

In most instances, the quality of the photos isn’t guaranteed by the camera, but by the photographer. This, however, does not apply to night photography, where the quality and caliber of the camera, lens, and additional accessories can and do make a difference in the final image. Note that you don’t have to go out and buy the most expensive camera but you do need the basics. Some were mentioned earlier in the article, but we will just go through them again.

  • Tripods
  • Intervalometers (and how to use them)
  • Light painting tools
  • Headlamps
  • Lens cloths
  • Extra batteries, SD cards, etc.
  • The best settings for night photography

The best settings for night photography depend on the location, subject, and ambient light in the scene. Mastering this can be an extremely nuanced, technical, and developed process. However, if you simply start with some basic principles, and you adjust accordingly when on location, then finding the ideal settings for your night photo shoot is actually very manageable.

Light Painting Techniques for Focusing in The Dark – Night Photography Tips and Techniques

Many things have to be taken into consideration and that is why it makes sense that the post-processing element would have to be specialized and different as well. One could compensate star trails and foreground glow, for example. Post-processing of the RAW image is essential in creating night photographs. Was covered at the Night Photography Week, teaching how to lift the shadows, keep noise reduction minimal, and bringing out the brightness of the stars are all explained.

What’s not covered in Night Photography Week?
There were things like the more advanced techniques like time-lapse photography for example, that weren’t covered. There’s also the segments dedicated to the promotion, printing, and business side of creating these types of images that would have been great if it was covered.


CreativeLive did spectacular work, covering everything one need to know to get started and improve their ability for night photography.

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