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Question: Can I Really Take Pictures at Night?

Nighttime photography is most likely the trickiest thing you will ever try to do with your camera. The problem with nighttime photography is that your camera has to do so many things to get the picture and it leaves the door open to so many things going wrong. However, there are just some times when you need to be able to take pictures at night (the fireworks on the Fourth of July, your son in his very first high school football game, or your kids Trick or Treating at Halloween.  If you have tried nighttime photography to no avail, then here are some pointers that can help you out.

  • Try using the nighttime photography setting on your camera. You may find that you like it. However, if you do not, then try switching to manual and start slowing down the shutter speed until your camera can actually capture images.
  • Use a tripod. The biggest problem with nighttime photography is that it can be blurry. Since the shutter has to be open longer to capture enough light, then any movement to the camera can ruin the shot. A tripod will make the camera much steadier.
  • Use a cable release. If you need to use a really slow shutter speed (for example, to take pictures of that really cool full moon), then a shutter release will guarantee that the camera does not move.
  • Get closer to the subject. If you can, take the picture more close up because then the flash will illuminate enough to avoid any of the usual nighttime photography problems.

Nighttime photography is something that can be challenging to even seasoned photographers. You will need to practice, and do not get frustrated if your first few attempts do not turn out so well.

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