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Taking a photo is not as easy as focusing on the subject and then clicking the camera. It takes more than that. In fact,... Night Photography Tips

Taking a photo is not as easy as focusing on the subject and then clicking the camera. It takes more than that. In fact, it takes a lot of intuition and a set of lessons. This is why photographers shouldn’t just rely on their own practice and experience, but also look at others for inspiration and guidance. I’ve learned a lot from master photographers. Especially in photography, I don’t believe in competition but in helping each other out. Today, it’s my time to share. 🙂

One of the hardest thing to master is night photography, not only because the subject is hard to find but also because the shadows will make it more difficult to take a good shot. Below are some tips that any photographer can use to master night photography.


The first thing of course that photographers need to remember is to choose the location well. Remember that if you are going to do the shoot, you will have valuable equipment with you. There are places in every city that are not as safe at night as they are during the day. Safety is paramount, so do your research and be prepared.


Another reminder is that batteries often run out easily in cold conditions, so it is best to carry an extra or if you have none, try to fully charge your batteries before going out of the house and proceeding with the shoot. That goes for your camera, as well as any additional equipment you might carry. You should also bring a good case for your camera as moisture during the night can easily permeate to your camera.

Other equipment

The best camera to use for night work is actually the one with the manual exposure settings, preferably an SLR (single lens reflex). Automatic, point-and-shoot cameras are not often recommended, as they are not powerful enough to fight the darkness. Even with “night mode” the results on those are usually beyond disappointing. Another requirement is a sturdy tripod with a rubber leg to minimize slippage. A cable release is also needed as this will enable you to hold the shutter speed open.


During night time longer exposures are needed for black and white photos compared to ordinary lighting. Color film, on the other hand, will produce shifts in colors.

Use of flash

bow-598118_1280With insufficient light from the moon, some photographers will supplement the light with a hand-held flashes. Other more sophisticated ones may also use movie lights and torches as additional lights, a technique known as “painting with light”.

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Wilko van de Kamp Author

WILKO VAN DE KAMP is the author of #1 international best seller The Freedom Project and several other books and e-books. He's also an award-winning photographic artist, and professional world traveler. His inspiration comes from traveling all over the world. He calls the Canadian Rocky Mountains his home, and the rest of the world his office. He has been capturing our wonderful planet, and it's beautiful inhabitants, for more than half his life. Wilko has spent his life traveling the world to capture awe-inspiring images for those who wouldn't see them otherwise, and to inspire others to embark on their journey of a lifetime. Through his art, writing and appearances as a keynote speaker he enjoys sharing his colorful experiences with the world. Visit him online at