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12 Tips for Taking Gorgeous Nighttime Photos

Take Beautiful, One-of-a-Kind Night Shots

Taking pictures at night can be an intimidating prospect, but there’s no need to pack up your camera when the sun goes down. Follow our 12 tips to learn how to shoot dazzling nightscapes like a pro.


Bring a tripod.

A tripod is a must for night photography because low-light scenes require slow shutter speeds. As a general rule, any shutter speed below 1/60 of a second can produce a blurry image if you’re holding the camera in your hands. Most nightscapes are shot at between 1/10 of a second and 3 minutes, depending on whether you’re shooting a bright city scene or a starry sky. For maximum versatility, we recommend a lightweight tripod with a ball head, such as the Zomei Q555, which is portable yet sturdy enough to support a DSLR camera. It’s also good practice to use a cable release, a wireless remote or your camera’s self-timer to avoid vibrations caused by pressing the shutter.

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