“Night photography refers to photographs taken outdoors between dusk and dawn. Night photographers generally have a choice between using artificial light and using a long exposure, exposing the scene for seconds, minutes, and even hours in order to give the film or digital sensor enough time to capture a usable image.” Wikipedia

Equipment you will need.


•Cable Release or Timer



Suggested Camera Settings

•Turn flash off for landscapes.

•White Balance:  Auto to start.

•Shoot in RAW.

•Put Camera in Manual mode.

•Put noise reduction on.

•Put AF Assist Illuminator on.

•Put camera on tripod for long exposures.

•Use Live View.

•Try the Depth of Field Button. It allows you to see what will be in focus.

•Put on AEB bracketing and set it to plus and minus 1 stop.

•Use a timer or shutter release cable.

Exposure Times

TO START: (Hand Held) Set a high ISO and a wide aperture. Take a sample shot based on your meter reading just to see what it would look like. OR….. (Use a Tripod) Set ISO to 100 & set aperture to F11 to start & take a meter reading of the shadows. Set appropriate shutter speed.

Check back for Part 2 of my Night photography lesson or click on Twilight photography for a preview.

I am teaching a photography class at 92y and I took my students out to photograph in Central Park. Really fun. See the image below.

Central Park

Central Park