It's Week #35:
Night Photography

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Week 35: Night Photography


Photo by: Sylvain Dufour –  Week 32: Night photography (2016)

Photography is all about capturing light, so it seems to be a bit crazy to try and photograph at night. When the sun is gone. And it is dark. And there is very little light available….

Shooting photos during the night time is a bit like being a ‘light chaser’ with the help of your trusty side-kick the advanced light collecter device…a.k.a your camera. You have to actively wander out into the darkness and hunt down the light!

Our amazing human eyes automatically adjust to different light conditions but it is not that easy to photograph what you see when it is dark. You are going to have to play with your camera’s settings, have a lot of patience and do a lot of experimentation.

Happy chasing!

Tips and Tuts for this week:


  • Experiment with your camera’s Tv or S mode, and set the shutter to something slow like 5 or 10 seconds.
  • Use a TRIPOD!!! Or place your camera on a flat surface. This will help you to keep your shutter open longer without getting the blur from the camera’s movement.
  • If your photos are still too dark, consider adjusting the ISO. This will make the camera’s sensor even more sensitive to light, but beware this will also increase your “sensor noise” which will give you a flat, grainy image.
  • Try out light painting. You can have a look at these awesome photos for inspiration (and here) and then read this tutorial to see how it is done.
  • Need more info? Have a look at the A- Z of night photography, 10 essential tips for night photography and how to shoot alluring evening photos

Looking for more inspiration? Check out our Night photography album of 2016, the Night photography album of 2015 and the Night album of 2013. And of course, the Googles! Oh you sweet Googles.


Extra Credit: Astrophotography!

For some extra credit joojoo, try astrophotography !

Astrophotography is taking photos of the night skies, stars, and celestial spheres (AND solar eclipses!). Definitely use a tripod (you will be taking long exposure shots) and set up your shot in a dark area, away from any urban light pollution.

If you are photographing the solar eclipse, please take care to protect your eyes as well as your camera’s light sensor.

Photo credit: Gurmukh Sehmi - Week 33: Night photography (2015)

Photo credit: Gurmukh Sehmi – Week 33: Night photography (2015)

Remember, it is not necessary to keep this Extra Credit challenge in mind while shooting. It’s extra credit!

*Please note!! You can only submit ONE photo per week, for the week’s challenge. This photo can include the “Extra Credit” part of the challenge or the “regular” challenge, but you can never submit
more than one photo!



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