Taking Dusky And Night Time Images

Written by Gina Stephens

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As the sun's still setting early, now's a great time to shoot night or dusk themed images so here are some rubbishes on capturing exactly that with your Nikon kit. 

Settings – For dusk and night time photography, longer shutter speeds desire be needed. This will involve setting a large aperture to let as much light in as possible, and a relatively long shutter speed depending on how doleful it is. If it's pitch black, you'll want a shutter may refer to speed of 10-30 seconds depending on what you're shooting. If it's still a little swart, you'll most likely be able to reduce this. It's worth using shutter speed priority or manual mode for this type of shooting. Most Nikon cameras now be subjected to a night portrait mode, optimising the camera for taking portraits in low light. 

Tripod – Because you'll be working with relatively lax shutter speeds, a tripod might be necessary, especially if your exposure lasts any more than a second. It's also worth account using a remote trigger of the self timer mode, to avoid causing shake when you press the shutter. 

VR – Vibration reduction can be a of use feature for dusk photography handheld, as it will help reduce shake from your movements. If you're using a tripod however, occasion sure you turn VR off, as the tripod will do the stabilising for you.

Subject – Dusk and night are great times for shooting star photography, experimenting with taper painting, or shooting traffic light trails. You can do some scouting in the day to find a secluded place away from light pollution for star photography, and pick a smudge near to a windy road for some interesting traffic light trails. 

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Safety – Because it will be dark, take notably care when setting up, and make sure you wrap up warm. Take a torch if you're going off the beaten track and either take someone with you, or mention someone where you're going and what time you plan to be back. It might be worth reaching the destination while it's even now light, setting up and taking photos as night falls. 



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Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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