A Secret About Night Photography

Many beginning photographers aren’t aware of the one trick night photographer’s use.  True, most night photography tips are useful, especially placing the camera on a tripod.  Without a tripod, the photographer may receive unfocused images.  There is also truth in using a high ISO speed when it comes to low light.  Still, the images may come out containing too much digital grain.

Yet, here’s the big secret many beginners don’t know about night photography; many night photos aren’t shot at night. The best and most recommended time for night photography, you ask?  Twilight, the time right before the sky turns pitch black.

Observe. I photographed this at Uptown Altamonte, located in Altamonte Springs, Florida.

cranes roost at night 2

I was happy with it.  Heck, I photographed it with my cell phone.  I had no plans whatsoever to hang this pic in a gallery and attempt selling.

Yet, I went back and photographed the same image during twilight, the best and recommended time for night photography.

cranes roost at night 3

As you can see, the twilight image provides more detail.  Most street lights turn on at twilight, helping give the image of a night shot, which really isn’t a night shot. The image receives more detail because the sky still contains light.

On its first page, Uptown Altamonte’s website shows exactly what I was talking about. The pic was photographed during twilight.

By the way, I didn’t like my twilight pic.  I moved to another area and photographed a pic I did like, one I cropped and uploaded to Instagram.

cranes roost at night 4

So, there’s the secret, many night photos are twilight photos. Hopefully, this improves what you hope to gain from night photography.

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