Night Photography

Stop taking blurry photos! Unlock the power of any camera at night.

Night Photography

After teaching photography for over 10 years, I know that taking great photos at night can be extremely frustrating. If you don't know the tricks to night photography, all you'll get are a series of blurry shots that are way too dark. Photos that miss the magic and wonder you can experience at night.

I’ll have you taking crisp, clear, and correctly exposed night photos. I’ll tell you exactly which settings to use (and what to set them to), which settings give you special effects, and how to make the most of your night shoot, along with lots of extra tidbits and shortcuts I've learned from my years of photography.

Avoid Blurry or Noisy Photos!

Two of the biggest issues photographers have with taking photos at night are: Blurry Photos and Noisy Images.

No More Blurry Photos! I'll explain the three main causes of blurry photos taken at night, and provide a simple step-by-step checklist to make sure your night photos are always vibrant and sharp.

Avoid Noise! Our cameras often try to get a sharp image by increasing the ISO setting. But that creates another problem - 'noisy images'. I'll show you how to strike the right balance so you can have sharp, noise-free night photos.

Want blur? Sometimes you want a bit of blur, like a water fountain at night. I'll show you exactly how to create these spectacular shots as well!

Eliminate Blurry Photos Forever!

'Night Photography' Course Content

  • 1. Intro To Night Photography
  • 2. Camera Settings
  • 3. Light Streams / City Streets
  • 4. Gear
  • 5. City at Night / Moonlit Landscapes
  • 6. Using the Flash
  • 7. Histogram / Setting Focus
  • 8. Light Painting

In Detail

Capture that perfect image of a city street at night. Image Source

On Day 6, I'll show you how to use your flash to illuminate your subject AND show the city lights behind them. Image Source

Learn how to 'paint' with light to take eye-popping images like this one. Photo by Dash Participant Wendy Cozicar.

I'll explain how to read the 'histogram' of your images and discover what it has to say about your night photos.

Intro To Night Photography - We’ll start with the basics – to get you out and about and shooting beautiful, crisp night shots right away. We’ll build on these basics in the rest of the month.

Camera Settings - In Day 2, I’ll tell you why the shutter speed is the most important setting for night photography. I'll tell you what shutter speeds work best, and how to use 'bulb' mode for some special effects.

Case Study: Light Streams / City Streets - Our first ‘case study’ day. I'll walk you step by step through two case studies. I’ll show how to setup your camera and dial into the right settings for taking excellent Light Steams photos and of city streets.

Gear - Night Photography doesn't usually require much extra camera gear other than possibly a tripod. But if you want to invest in some more advanced accessories (like remote shutters and lens filters), I’ll tell you which ones to get, and why.

Case Study: City at Night / Moonlit Landscapes - This is our second ‘case study’. I’ll walk you through taking wonderful ‘city at night’ landscapes. If you live in the country, I’ll show you the techniques for spooky moonlit landscapes.

Using the Flash - Have you ever used the flash at night? You usually get an overexposed image of your subject, and black behind them – no wonderful city lights they were standing in front of! Today, I’ll change all that. I’ll show you the settings to take a correctly exposed flash subject and have the camera expose the lights behind them too. It’s simpler than you think!

Histogram / Setting Focus - In Day 7, we get into some of the more technical aspects of night photography. I’ll explain what the histogram is, and how to use it to improve your night photos; and I’ll give you lots of techniques for overcoming the common problem where your camera won’t focus properly in low light.

Light Painting - I love this subject! At night, you get the chance to use light to 'paint in' your photos to create some amazing special effects. It's also a chance to have a lot of fun!