Digital Photography: No time like the Night time…

Okay, so you want to try something different with your photography?  Get ready for some fun.

When was the last time you skipped curfew for just a little you time?  Not worrying about work in the morning, not worrying about getting up and getting the yard work done…  Okay, for some people that’s impossible.  For the rest of you, why don’t you take your camereas out and see what the nighttime brings?

Here’s what you need:

1)  A tripod or stabilization device.  (You can improv, but it can be hard to find stable objects to rest your camera on in the dark.

2) Your camera must have a timer setting, or you need a remote device to hold your shutter open for long periods of time.

If you don’t have a remote, when you are shooting in bright night environments you can leave your shutter open for 15-30 seconds to capture enough light for the image.

3)  A safe place for you to play with your camera and your creativity.

Okay, so you’ve got your kit assembled and a little time to spare, what should you shoot?

The key to nighttime photography is letting the shutter stay open, by using the remote attached to your particular camera, or leaving the shutter open, (using a slow shutter speed), making sure the camera is stable, (on a tripod or another STABLE surface), those nighttime accidents can be expensive, and experimenting.  In a city environment or under a full moon, you can use a shutter speed of about 10- 15 seconds and come out with some pretty neat images, but experimentation is the other key.

How about light trails from the cars passing on the highway shot from the overpass?

Why not throw a flashlight on a string and make interesting shapes?

Even have someone model for you by the light of the campfire.

Remember, the tripod will keep the camera still and the image will take a few seconds to gather enough light, so every image won’t be perfect, but it will be fun.

And if you involve the family, it will be a lot of fun and a great memory.

Here are a couple of my favorites.

Digitral Photography Christmas Carriage Memphis
Christmas Carriage in Memphis
 Digital Photography Cochiti Lake Under Full Moon
Cochiti Lake Under Full Moon

Have fun, be safe, and take some great pictures.

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  1. Great pictures, perhaps I’ll try to take some like the one’s above.

  2. Rachel Robinson

    That would be a nice way to try something new. The shot’s you took look amazing
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  3. Amazing photographs with excellent strategy on how I MIGHT be able to pull off the same pictures…night photography is so dang tough. Your advice makes it plausible…

  4. I always had to take many pictures at nigth because I didn’t understand how the camera works…I am sure your tips help me!

  5. Kevin Bettencourt

    I knew the shutter had to stay open longer during night time photography but the fact the camera has to stay stable probably wouldn’t have occurred to me. I appreciate that you mentioned that twice.

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  6. WOW … Awesome pictures! I agree with Kevin, I wouldn’t have even considered that the camera would have to remain steady – but then again, I’m more of a point-n-shoot type of person.

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  7. Great pictures and tips! Think I’ll try them out!

  8. Great pictures…I will look to get that tri-pod

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  9. Terrific photos! Your tips on how to take night photos are so well explained that you have me believing I might be able to do it.


  10. Dewayne, Thanks for sharing how to take photos at night.
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  11. Clare Delaney

    So that’s how you do night photography! OK, I’ll give it another try, after giving it up for many years due to past failures – now I know why, and I know what to do right!

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  12. Great photo’s Dewayne . Well done . Amazing what you can do with some planning and a bit of time.

  13. Beautiful pictures! I do have a tripod. I just might have to try this…
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  14. Hi Dewayne,

    That is very cool. Evening, night time, and dusk with all the darker lighting is softer and a very romantic time of day. I like seeing the little bit of the blur of the carriage there in the night time shot in Memphis!

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  15. Very cool and what an imagination. I love the effect of the pictures and the idea that you never know what you’ll find.

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  16. Beautiful pictures. I’ve always loved nighttime photography.

    Steve C