Photographing outdoors at night can provide you with unique shots that you obviously can't capture during the daytime. However, night photography comes with its own set of challenges that you should be prepared for. You'd usually be photographing at long exposures where camera steadiness becomes critically important, or using higher ISO settings where image noise becomes a significant consideration.
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This post is a collection of free guides on the topic on night photography, with two guides on specific situations – photographing cityscapes and shooting the night sky (though you will need to go here if you specifically want to photograph the moon). If you've been looking to get started with night photography, these can be a great resource to help you begin.
(Note – If long exposure photography interests you, and you want to learn how to create amazing long exposure shots, do take a look at Photzy's premium guide on long exposure photography.)
In this introductory guide on night photography, professional photographer Kent DuFault touches upon some of the important aspects of the genre like gear and camera settings as well as plenty of practical tips to capture better shots, along with useful examples to go with them.
Your night photographs can definitely benefit from certain lenses that are better suited to night photography, with considerations like aperture and flare control. In this guide, photographer Aaron Seefeld discusses what you should look for in such a lens and how to go about it.
Photographing architecture is a wonderful avenue to pursue when you want to photograph at night. This guide by Aaron Seefeld discusses how to plan a night shoot, what gear is needed, best camera settings to use, and post-processing tips to create great nighttime architecture photographs.
We have all seen photographs of the Milky Way in the night sky and been fascinated by them. While it requires a bit of an effort to create a good shot of the milky way, it can be totally worth it when you do end up with a great image. This step-by-step guide by photographer Jason D. Little will teach you exactly how to create one.
Create Amazing Long Exposure Photographs
Long exposure photography is a simple technique that can make your photos stand out. If it interests you, and you want to learn how to create magical long exposure shots, check out Kent DuFault's 119-page comprehensive guide, over at Photzy, that will teach you everything you need to know about long exposure photography. Click here now to check it out.