Tipsy Thursday #14
Shooting at night can give added drama and add interest to the most common of things. I'm not giving tips on shooting people at night...this is for none moving subjects. First thing when doing night shots is HAVING A TRIPOD. If you don't have one...don't bother. You will be shooting for very long exposures and the simple actions of breathing will kill the shot!
Next is picking the best conditions; you want a bright moon (3/4 or more), either none or very few clouds are best, very calm winds is key to not moving the items being photographed and your camera, then the temperature needs to be not too hot but not so cold (seam off of water or sewers are not good), and especially where I am, not too humid (this can give lens fog and foggy weather). Now when you go to take the shot the best thing is a shutter release (they're cheap so if you are at all serious it's a GREAT investment). This is a device you attach to your camera and when you hit the button it fires the camera...so you don't touch the camera at all. This is very key to not moving the camera for your night time shots that are very long. But if you don't have this, put the camera on self timer and wait for it to fire.
Lastly is a few setting tips, just because it's at night doesn't mean you need a high iso. In fact use a very low iso, that's the whole reason for the tripod, let that help get enough light and use the low iso to get the best detail and least amount of noise (that pixilated/snowy look). Lastly take your F-stop to around F/5.6 to allow a good amount of light into the camera. Now start playing! Shooting at night is a bunch of fun and can make even a normal tree into something dramatic...