Night Photography Tips & Tricks – Light Up Your Winter

Night photography is a fun way to get out of your comfort zone and try something new. Plus, its the perfect way to make use of those longer nights during winter! I have partnered with Energizer® to light up the holiday season and share some night photography tips with you all. Let me know your tips and tricks in the comment section! #StillGoing

Night Photography Tips & Tricks

Light Up Your Winter

Night Photography Tips & Tricks - Light Up Your Winter. Renee Roaming

Play with light

When I think of night photography I envision darkness coming alive with lights, whether it be from the stars, moon or via artificial sources. I love playing around with twinkle lights, headlamps, flashlights, lanterns and fairy lights when capturing photographs at night.

Take the above photo as an example – my husband and I both have a source of light to help draw attention to us and the center of the image (I am using the Energizer® Performance Metal Light, and Matthew is using the Energizer® Focus Headlight). We also have various sources of light in the background to add depth to the image.

Landscape photography can be made even more magical by adding a human element and light source to an image. Powerful headlamps and flashlights are the perfect tools to bring along for capturing unique images (and to help find your way!)

Night Photography Tips & Tricks - Light Up Your Winter. Renee Roaming

Capture the night sky

There is nothing quite like standing under a blanket of stars or watching a full moon rise over the horizon… I love to capture those after dark moments.  Want to capture the stars and milky way? Plan for when the moon will be rising, and where the milky way will be at certain times during the night. Phone apps such as PhotoPills or The Photographer’s Ephemeris are very useful for those instances.

Extra Tip – plan to be shooting when it’s a new moon or prior to moonrise as you will want the sky to be as dark as possible to capture the stars!

http://www.energizer.com/lighting?utm_source=blog&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=fy18_holiday_lights_influencer_program

Add some holiday magic

I love Christmas and all the coziness that comes along with it! You can add some pizzazz to your winter images by working in some holiday props. I recently visited a gorgeous cabin with my husband and we tried to make our time there as festive as possible. We lit up a Christmas tree, added some cozy blankets, twinkle lights, candles, lanterns and hot chocolate. We also used headlamps and flashlights to illuminate the outside of the cabin for beautiful night time images in the forest.

Night Photography Tips & Tricks - Light Up Your Winter. Renee Roaming

Use the right equipment

It’s not always easy capturing night time images. Here are some of my equipment tips and tricks:

  • Invest in a tripod. This will allow you to take longer exposures and capture sharper images.
  • Use a remote control shutter release (or self timer). Again, this will allow for sharper images and also the chance to easily capture images of yourself and/or others.
  • Cameras with a higher dynamic range will typically take better night time/low light images. I personally love the Sony Alpha camera series for their ability to shoot in low light.
  • I always have a source of light on me to help set up my camera gear when shooting in the dark. I will typically use a headlamp so that I can keep both of my hands free.

Bonus resource: I have a whole blog post on my camera gear – read more here!

Night Photography Tips & Tricks - Light Up Your Winter. Renee Roaming

Dial in your camera settings

Over time I have learned that the following camera settings typically work best for night photography:

  • Use the widest aperture you can whilst retaining the focus/sharpness of your image. For example, the above photo of the northern lights was taken at f/2.8.
  • Having a longer exposure will allow more light into your image and prevent the ISO being too high (therefore reducing “noise” in your image). If you are shooting stars, try not to use an exposure of over 25 seconds or the stars will start to streak.  For example, the above photo was a 4 second exposure. We used a remote control shutter release and stood very still!
  • Bump up the ISO to allow more light in, but not so high that your image is too “noisy” (grainy). This will also depend on your cameras dynamic range. Most of the images on this blog post were taken between ISO 400-2000 on a Sony A7Rii and A7Riii.

Night Photography Tips & Tricks - Light Up Your Winter. Renee Roaming

Edit like a pro

Every photo will require a slightly different edit, but these are some general tips and tricks:

  • I love editing in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, so I therefore naturally recommend those programs to other photographers.
  • Turn up the exposure and shadows to help brighten your image.
  • Bring out stars by increasing the contrast, turning down the highlights and increasing the clarity of the sky. You could use a graduated filter to do this.
  • Play with the white balance and the colors of the sky, especially the milky way. I personally prefer a warmer look. Sometimes slightly bumping up the saturation of the sky is a nice touch.
  • Use radial filters for enhancing areas of light and drawing the viewer’s eyes to the subject(s).
  • Reduce grain and slightly enhance the luminance setting if the image is too “noisy”.

http://www.energizer.com/lighting?utm_source=blog&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=fy18_holiday_lights_influencer_program

Light up your winter

Energizer® has an amazing range of head lamps, flashlights and batteries to enhance your night photography or simply light your way this winter- perfect gifts for those travelers and avid photographers in your life! Click here to check out their products!

Night Photography Tips & Tricks - Light Up Your Winter. Renee Roaming

PIN FOR LATER!

http://www.energizer.com/lighting?utm_source=blog&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=fy18_holiday_lights_influencer_program

 

 

Disclaimer – This blog post is sponsored by Energizer®, though as always my opinions and views are completely honest.  Thank you for reading and supporting my blog.

Night Photography Tips & Tricks - Light Up Your Winter. Renee Roaming

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Night photography is a fun way to get out of your comfort zone and try something new. Plus, its the perfect way to make use of those longer nights during winter! I have partnered with Energizer® to light up the holiday season and share some night photography tips with you all. Let me know your tips and tricks in the comment section! #StillGoing

Night Photography Tips & Tricks

Light Up Your Winter

Night Photography Tips & Tricks - Light Up Your Winter. Renee Roaming

Play with light

When I think of night photography I envision darkness coming alive with lights, whether it be from the stars, moon or via artificial sources. I love playing around with twinkle lights, headlamps, flashlights, lanterns and fairy lights when capturing photographs at night.

Take the above photo as an example – my husband and I both have a source of light to help draw attention to us and the center of the image (I am using the Energizer® Performance Metal Light, and Matthew is using the Energizer® Focus Headlight). We also have various sources of light in the background to add depth to the image.

Landscape photography can be made even more magical by adding a human element and light source to an image. Powerful headlamps and flashlights are the perfect tools to bring along for capturing unique images (and to help find your way!)

Night Photography Tips & Tricks - Light Up Your Winter. Renee Roaming

Capture the night sky

There is nothing quite like standing under a blanket of stars or watching a full moon rise over the horizon… I love to capture those after dark moments.  Want to capture the stars and milky way? Plan for when the moon will be rising, and where the milky way will be at certain times during the night. Phone apps such as PhotoPills or The Photographer’s Ephemeris are very useful for those instances.

Extra Tip – plan to be shooting when it’s a new moon or prior to moonrise as you will want the sky to be as dark as possible to capture the stars!

http://www.energizer.com/lighting?utm_source=blog&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=fy18_holiday_lights_influencer_program

Add some holiday magic

I love Christmas and all the coziness that comes along with it! You can add some pizzazz to your winter images by working in some holiday props. I recently visited a gorgeous cabin with my husband and we tried to make our time there as festive as possible. We lit up a Christmas tree, added some cozy blankets, twinkle lights, candles, lanterns and hot chocolate. We also used headlamps and flashlights to illuminate the outside of the cabin for beautiful night time images in the forest.

Night Photography Tips & Tricks - Light Up Your Winter. Renee Roaming

Use the right equipment

It’s not always easy capturing night time images. Here are some of my equipment tips and tricks:

  • Invest in a tripod. This will allow you to take longer exposures and capture sharper images.
  • Use a remote control shutter release (or self timer). Again, this will allow for sharper images and also the chance to easily capture images of yourself and/or others.
  • Cameras with a higher dynamic range will typically take better night time/low light images. I personally love the Sony Alpha camera series for their ability to shoot in low light.
  • I always have a source of light on me to help set up my camera gear when shooting in the dark. I will typically use a headlamp so that I can keep both of my hands free.

Bonus resource: I have a whole blog post on my camera gear – read more here!

Night Photography Tips & Tricks - Light Up Your Winter. Renee Roaming

Dial in your camera settings

Over time I have learned that the following camera settings typically work best for night photography:

  • Use the widest aperture you can whilst retaining the focus/sharpness of your image. For example, the above photo of the northern lights was taken at f/2.8.
  • Having a longer exposure will allow more light into your image and prevent the ISO being too high (therefore reducing “noise” in your image). If you are shooting stars, try not to use an exposure of over 25 seconds or the stars will start to streak.  For example, the above photo was a 4 second exposure. We used a remote control shutter release and stood very still!
  • Bump up the ISO to allow more light in, but not so high that your image is too “noisy” (grainy). This will also depend on your cameras dynamic range. Most of the images on this blog post were taken between ISO 400-2000 on a Sony A7Rii and A7Riii.

Night Photography Tips & Tricks - Light Up Your Winter. Renee Roaming

Edit like a pro

Every photo will require a slightly different edit, but these are some general tips and tricks:

  • I love editing in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, so I therefore naturally recommend those programs to other photographers.
  • Turn up the exposure and shadows to help brighten your image.
  • Bring out stars by increasing the contrast, turning down the highlights and increasing the clarity of the sky. You could use a graduated filter to do this.
  • Play with the white balance and the colors of the sky, especially the milky way. I personally prefer a warmer look. Sometimes slightly bumping up the saturation of the sky is a nice touch.
  • Use radial filters for enhancing areas of light and drawing the viewer’s eyes to the subject(s).
  • Reduce grain and slightly enhance the luminance setting if the image is too “noisy”.

http://www.energizer.com/lighting?utm_source=blog&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=fy18_holiday_lights_influencer_program

Light up your winter

Energizer® has an amazing range of head lamps, flashlights and batteries to enhance your night photography or simply light your way this winter- perfect gifts for those travelers and avid photographers in your life! Click here to check out their products!

Night Photography Tips & Tricks - Light Up Your Winter. Renee Roaming

PIN FOR LATER!

http://www.energizer.com/lighting?utm_source=blog&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=fy18_holiday_lights_influencer_program

 

 

Disclaimer – This blog post is sponsored by Energizer®, though as always my opinions and views are completely honest.  Thank you for reading and supporting my blog.

Night Photography Tips & Tricks - Light Up Your Winter. Renee Roaming

Renee Hahnel

Hi! My name is Renee and I'm an Australian photographer, blogger & travel addict. I now call the U.S.A home but you can usually find me wandering the globe with a camera in hand ✈ Let's get lost!

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22 Comments

  1. Kimmy on December 21, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Renee your photos are so beautiful!! The cabin looks so cozy and festive 🙂 I’d love to take better night photos… I end up just getting angry and switching to auto!
    Have a lovely Christmas,
    Kimmy x

    • Renee Hahnel on December 28, 2017 at 1:56 pm

      Thanks for reading Kimmy! Happy Holidays 🙂

  2. david on December 22, 2017 at 12:07 am

    Very helpful info Renee !
    Thks your blogs are brilliant
    Have a great xmas
    David

  3. Jayde on December 22, 2017 at 1:00 am

    I absolutely loved reading this post Renee! Winter is such a great time of the year to experiment with night time photos because we have less daylight to play with! I’ve been having fun this year capturing some beautiful Christmas light displays! I really loved your tip about having a light source to draw in the focus – I hadn’t thought of this before.
    Jayde x

  4. Jackie on December 22, 2017 at 3:00 am

    Hi Renee, I loved this blog and I learnt so much about using light in my photos. I’m going to try out your tips and some of these great products you recommended. Thankyou x

    • Renee Hahnel on December 28, 2017 at 1:57 pm

      Thanks Jackie – glad to hear that 🙂

  5. Christiana on December 29, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Where is this cabin? Is it something anyone can rent?

    Fantastic pics! I too enjoy my headlamp.

  6. Liana on December 30, 2017 at 10:05 am

    These are awesome tips – thanks for sharing! Love how you’ve broken it down into equipment and set-up vs. post/editing. I’m planning to start dabbling in night photography next month and this is super helpful. Your photos are gorgeous – especially love the delicate arch shot. Happy trails!

  7. Dan B on January 13, 2018 at 5:42 am

    Thank you Rene for the tips.
    My favorite “almost” night photo composition is a combination of heavy clouds with sunset light. Hard to find but the photos are great.

  8. Sharon on February 16, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    Hi Renee,

    Such a great post and blog.
    Picture perfect, excellent shots.
    Very nice cabin, jealous 🙂
    Cheers Sharon…

  9. Últimas dicas on February 21, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    sensational. What beautiful pictures. I will buy some equipment recommended in the article. Thank you very much

  10. asim on April 17, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    nice photographic blog and very helpful reading

  11. realm360 on June 1, 2018 at 11:05 am

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  12. Leandro Lima on June 26, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    Shooting at night is a challenge, I confess I still have a bit of difficulty

  13. Rich on July 11, 2018 at 8:35 am

    Great pictures. Night time or low light photos are quite tricky, but it looks like you have them mastered.

  14. Jason Rider on July 20, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    I was looking for a blog which can guide me about night photography and i found this one. I am very happy to say that i have learned a lot from this article about night photography.
    Thanks

  15. Donna @ Donna Sharpe Photography on July 22, 2018 at 6:30 am

    I get the occasion where I have to take a few night photos and I’ve always struggled. Thanks for the tips I will definitely put them to use.

  16. JasonRider on July 24, 2018 at 10:16 am

    Started taking pictures seriously in 2009 when I bought my first DSLR. I thought I knew everything, because I read all the books!
    After using the camera had it turned out that I was seriously missing many skills.

    I already knew many techniques, but my pics weren’t that great…

    That’s when I realised the importance of composition, lighting and post-processing. So I dug into that deliberately:

    started using prime lenses to improve my composition skills
    used external flash in every creative way at dancing events to capture the best movements
    and spent a lot of time figuring out the easy ways to process images in Lightroom.

    But night photography is something very difficult for me. I appreciate your guide about night photography.
    Thanks

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  18. William Hall on September 9, 2018 at 6:46 am

    Nice post, things explained in details. Thank You.

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