5 Steps You Need to Follow to do an Outdoor Photoshoot at Night
When we’re starting in the photography industry taking pictures with natural light is our first method to learn how to use our camera; after that, the night photos and doing a photoshoot in a professional studio are another story, there’s where we put our knowledge to work.
Today we’re going to give the basic steps you need to follow to have good photos when it comes to do an outdoor photoshoot at night.
These are the 5 steps you need to follow to have a good photo at night:
1. Good Lens (Wide Overture)
Yes, believe it or not having a good lens will change all the game; it’s to the same to shoot with a lens of f3.5 of maximum overture than one with f1.8 for the diaphragm. This will help you to keep the ISO below 400 which it means you’ll still have a good quality picture, by other hand using the one with f3.5 as a maximum overture will give you a picture with lots of grain because you need to upgrade the ISO beyond 800 (At least you’re searching for this effect in your pictures) Remember that everything is valid in photography!
To have good pictures at night without losing quality we need sometimes to use a low velocity in our camera; which if you grab it with your own hands this will not have lot of stabilization; that’s why you need a tripod, so you can use low velocities and have an amazing picture. This works perfectly when we’re taking pictures of “ray lights” and “natural phenomenon” such as lighting.
3. Close to the light:
When we’re shooting at night we need to always be close to the light, this is the way your camera (lens) will capture the light close and you’ll be available to upload the velocity or maybe download the ISO. Remember in the photography everything’s about the light and shadows!
4. LED Lights
Yes, this is an accessory that will blow your mind! If you love to shoot videos or take photos at night this accessory will be perfect for you; it’s simple, it’s not expensive and will help you a lot! Mostly if you’re using a “Macro Mode” or using a “Macro Lens” (like the 50mm) this will be perfect; the accessory will bring the light you need through the lens to have a good quality.
5. External Flash
My friends, I know that sometimes it can be kind of annoying using an “External Flash” because you can’t be the “Silence Photographer” you want to be, by taking pictures without person notice it; but when it comes to the night we don’t have another choice, mostly if we’re outdoor. So, to have the best quality in the pictures we need to use a good ISO between 100-200 and this option will be the only valid if we use an external flash; trust me, everyone will love your pictures!
Now you can have those amazing kick-ass photos when you’re shooting in outdoors at night; my only and truly advice is to PRACTICE!
Yes, there’s no accessory that will give you the experience of practicing by your own; take your camera and star playing with it, that’s the only way you can find and discover new techniques! Good luck with the learning and don’t forget to comment if you have something to add!