Photography

How To Take High-Quality Photos At Night

Night photography is a challenging task to do. Every photographer knows that good light is everything. Whether it’s in a studio, in a city, or out there in the wild, you need good light to take good pictures.

And when it comes to light, nothing beats the Sun.

But what happens when the Sun goes down? How do we take high-quality photos at night?

I’m sure you have struggled with this problem. I know I have. But over the years I’ve developed a technique that allows me to take good pictures at night. And I’ll share it with you.

Become best friends with your tripod

This is essential. You can try as hard as you want, but you’ll never be as steady as a tripod. So it isn’t worth trying.

I know you don’t always carry a tripod with you. If you can, do it. If you can’t, find somewhere else to put your camera – it may be a wall, a table or a fire hydrant.

Also, to get the most steady situation possible, use a shutter release cable or a timer.

Explore the possibilities of the manual mode

It may seem hard at first, but you should know how to use the manual mode.

If you’re just a casual photographer and don’t want to learn all the technical terms and functions of your camera, that’s fine. You don’t have to.

But if you’re serious about photography, even as a hobby, you should be in full control of your instrument.

Once you understand how to set up your camera in manual mode, you’ll be able to take amazing pictures – even at night!

Adjust aperture and shutter speed

Every photo is different. And every scenario is different. That’s why there’s no exact recipe to take a good picture.

You have to experiment on your own and find the best settings for your camera every time.

My advice – you don’t have to agree with me – is to take long exposure pictures. The idea is that you let very little light into your camera, but for a very long time.

To do so, leave your ISO at a normal level (let’s say 200). Then set your aperture to a very low value: F16, F18 or F22, depending on your camera. With those settings, go for a long exposure time that makes your picture look good: 10, 20, up to 30 seconds.

By doing so, the fixed lights – such as lamps and the Moon – will have a natural feel. Also, if there are any moving lights – like cars or fire – the long exposure will create a smooth effect.

Always be original

In the end, remember no one was born a professional. We all had to learn how to take good pictures. If you’re reading this, it means you’re on the right path.

Night photography is one of the hardest ones. Follow my tips to begin with, and then go on your own. Experiment and try different things. You’ll be taking incredible night pictures in no time.

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Photography

Capturing Photos with a Drone Camera

Only a handful of emerging technologies has gained so much unparalleled popularity as the drone camera. Besides being an adult remote-controlled toy, the gadget’s budding worth is its ability to capture amazing photographs. However, just getting your hands on a drone will not make you a great photographer. You will have to become familiar with the technique behind choosing the right angle, panning across a scene and framing a great shot as you whiz overhead. Follow these tips to take stunning photos.

First, read the instructions carefully after you unpack your new buddy to understand how it works and what features it has. Is there any pre-set selection of movements? Does it have the famous follow me mode? Is it able to adjust and stabilize in response to high wind? Also, change the camera’s pitch manually, check the battery time and take a couple of shots to get the hang of it.

Ensure that you stay within legal limits with your drone. Don’t fly a drone more than 20 kg and ensure you can see your drone at all times, don’t rely solely on the live feed. Keep it away from helicopters, airplanes, and airfields. Stay at least 50m from buildings, structures, and people. And in case you fly  drone camera often in parks, it is a good idea to get covered with public liability insurance.

You can tinker with or adjust several camera settings depending on the type of drone you choose. You can go for a drone that features a built-in camera mount. In contrast, drones with onboard cameras allow shooters to modify settings like frame rate and white balance to exposure and resolution.

Nowadays the latest drone cameras have a smart mode that has very innovative features. The aircraft’s smartly programmed brain is what makes these drone cameras very attractive for photographers. They have the unique ability to set the desired flight path and offering various pre-determined movements that make snapping photographs an absolute breeze. Moreover, many drones are now equipped with a useful camera stabilizing feature, which produces clear and smooth shots irrespective of the wind and other environmental factors.