Photography is a skill, and Night photography requires finesse! When it’s done well, it brings out the best. Here are top 10 common mistakes photographers make at night and how to overcome them:
Negligence of White balance:
Proper white balance is indispensible for fine photographs. For consistent results, best set the white balance to manual. Cloudy or Tungsten settings provide the best way to warm up (more orange) or cool down (more blue) your scenes respectively.
Even with higher ISO settings, shutter speeds would be significantly slow at night. Therefore, a tripod is crucial for sharp images. Resting the camera on a flat surface is a good alternative.
Lack of Planning:
It’s always essential to plan before venturing out in the night! Plan well to choose great locations, great lights, great architecture and safest position.
Narrow lens aperture:
In low light, the sensor requires more light on it. Therefore, a wider lens aperture is critical. Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II offers great features for night photography!
Wrong ISO setting:
High ISO amplifies light signals after they are received by the pixels. However, amplified background signals create noise. Canon compact digital cameras with the HS System lower noise levels by 60%. Also, customize the ISO setting based on your shot.
Most photographers abstain from flashlight at night. But use it to lighten up an important part of the foreground that’s dark or to draw attention to something.
Almost everyone avoids capturing people in scenic shots. However, including them at night can make some scenes alive. Shooting at a fast speed can keep a figure recognizable. Creatively blurring them by varying the shutter speed often looks beautiful.
Use of UV Filters:
UV filters create internal reflections. Instead, use a lens hood to protect the lens and block out other light.
Touching the Camera:
While taking long exposures at night even pressing the shutter button can blur the images. Therefore, use the self-timer. Avoid holding on to the tripod. Using Mirror-lock avoids slightest movement.
Improper compositional considerations
The scenes must be carefully studied to make the best compositional considerations before clicking. Zooming in on the most photogenic areas helps in moving closer to the subject!