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  • 1.Photography Beyond Point & Shoot Night PhotographyPresented by: Heather Jones

2. Night Photography Equipment - Tripod A solid tripod necessary for longer exposure times to allow for crisp, clear photos - Remote Trigger/Cable Release to allow you to take the photo without touching your camera (if you dont have one, you can use the delay, but you are still risking movement of the camera) - Lens hood can block unwanted light sources - Flashlight/torch/flash to illuminate an interesting focal point or for light painting - Remember to remove your polarizing or UV lens filters - It is advisable to scout out your night shots beforehand. 3. Top 10 tips for good night shots #1 Shoot in RAW this gives you the most information andallows you to make the most adjustments in post-processing #2 - Use the lens sweet spot aperture for your lens (usuallyf8 to f16) this is the mid-range the extreme ends of your aperture dont give you the crisp images you need for night photography #3 Use a good quality, solid tripod whenever possible. Makesure it is secure, level and steady. You can also hang a bag from the center hook for even more stability (just make sure the bag isnt swinging). 4. Top 10 tips continued #4 In Manual mode, start with a narrow aperture (f16) andadjust your shutter speed to where the Exposure Level Mark is centered in the Exposure Level Indicator. 5. Top 10 tips continued. #5 Do a test shot and adjust lighter/darker as necessary by adjusting shutter speed.#6 Bulb mode this is a function that allows you to keep the shutter open as long as you want useful in very long exposure shots (star trails, etc.)#7 Set White Balance to Tungsten to avoid that orange tinge in your night shots#8 Dont rely on your LCD it is calibrated to be seen during the day and may give you a misleading image at night. If possible, lower your LCD brightness to compensate for this.#9 Use the fastest lens possible. A Prime lens or one that is at least f2.8 is best.#10 DONT TOUCH OR BUMP THE CAMERA! Even the slightest movement can ruin your night shot. 6. Example with EXIF infoPhoto credit: 7. Example with EXIF infoShutter Speed: 1/13 Aperture: f/5 ISO Speed: 400 Flash: Not Fired Hand-held no tripod Source: H.C. Jones Photography 8. Example with EXIF infoShutter Speed: 1 second Hand held no tripodAperture: f/16 ISO Speed: 400 Flash: Not FiredSource: H.C. Jones Photography 9. Special effects Starburst effect with lights If you use around an f16 aperture, lightswill have a starburst effect. You will also have a longer DOF (your image will be sharp in foreground and background) It is always good to have a focal point in your shot. You can use aflashlight/torch to highlight it. Light trails/painting with light can be done with headlights, taillights, any moving lights. Even in pitch dark, your camera can see more than you can, and willpick up details you cannot see with the naked eye. Keep this in mind as you set up your shot. See photo below: 10. Photo taken in darkThis unedited photo was taken in the pitch dark at least 1.5 hours before dawn. Shutter Speed: 20 seconds Aperture: f4.6 ISO Speed: 800 No flash Source: H.C. Jones Photography 11. Painting with LightThe kids used sparklers to paint with light the family name of course the J is backwards, but that is part of the fun! Source: H.C. Jones Photography 12. More painting with lightThis image was produced by tying a flashlight/torch to the end of a String and swinging it in a 360 degree circle. Source - 13. Abstract painting with lightYou can paint with light to make abstract art, to. To do this, you focus on a group of lights, press the shutter and move the camera in whatever pattern you want. Source: 14. Zoom with lightThese photos are created by taking a long exposure photo and zooming in or out during it. You have to be very steady handed to not move your camera during this, but the results can be stunning! Source: 15. Star Trails Find an absolutely dark place with no light pollution. You willwant to shoot with a new moon or close to that. Scout out your location in advance. Use a wide angle lens Make sure your battery is fully charged Use lowest ISO possible to avoid graininess (generally at orabove ISO800) Use widest aperture available generally below f6.7 (f2.8-f4 isoptimal) Use your Bulb function with a remote trigger/cable release 16. Star Trails cont. Your shutter time will vary depending on the effect you want start at 10 minutes and work from thereFocus at your infinity pointTry to have a focal point (a building, a tree, a rock, mountains, etc.) not just the sky/stars this will make your photo more interestingTo get circular star trails, point your camera towards the NorthALWAYS use a tripod and remote trigger/cable release with a locking triggerAt 15-20 seconds, you will just start to see the movement of the stars. Use this as your guide to determine how long you want your shot to be. 17. Star trails facing NorthPhoto credit: 18. Star trails with flashPhoto credit: