Shooting at night is not as easy as you might think. For the best result I have summed up five tips for sharper night photography that will improve the quality of your night shots.
When you go out with your camera after sunset, you will notice that your exposure time will increase significantly. To get the pin sharp images you want, you need to keep the camera as sturdy as possible to avoid vibrations. Even the smallest vibration can result in an unsharp image.
5 TIPS FOR SHARPER NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY
1. ALWAYS USE A LENS HOOD
A lens hood is not only for daytime. At night you will have a lot more light sources that can produce lens flare. When you go out shooting in a city, there are lights in trees, bridges and even in the ground you are walking on.
2. USE A STURDY TRIPOD
Don’t use a tripod that will shake it’s legs when just the slightest breeze of wind passes it. A good sturdy tripod will be a joy to work with and you will notice that your image quality will be a lot better. Also the ball head must be able to withstand the weigh of your superb camera.
3. LIVE VIEW FOCUSING
Most cameras will have trouble with auto focusing in the dark. The best way is to set your lens or camera on manual focus and zoom in on your live view using the loupe buttons and focus manually on your subject. One of the best ways to focus is using the hyper focal distance. I always use an app for that: Simple DoF
4. TURN YOUR STABILIZER OFF
Ok, this may sound strange, but in fact when it’s switched on, the camera will look for vibrations when there are none. Some lenses have a “tripod” mode. It’s recommended, when your lens has this mode, to turn VR on and select “Tripod”. Always use a remote or your self timer to avoid touching the camera when taking your shot of the century.
5. SECURE THAT STRAP
When you have a camera strap attached to your beloved picture taking tool, you might want to secure it around the ball head of your tripod. This will avoid it to act like a sail when your camera is exposed to mother natures harsh winds. It might be obvious that a flapping camera strap will induce a huge amount of camera shake. So, secure that strap before pressing the remote button!!!