Night Photography Tips and Techniques

Mike Jensen Night Photography

Night photography doesn’t necessarily mean just taking pictures of the moon and the stars. I’ve been in love with night photography for years and have shot everything from the Milky Way to Cities as well as painting objects with light!

Portland Oregon Skyline – this shot was taken at 6:17pm in mid November. ISO 400, f 11, 30seconds with a variable neutral density filter on the lens (about 3 stops down)
The concept itself is probably as old as the art of photography and there are some real important things to consider when working at night.

This image, taken at Sparks Lake in mid August was shot at f2.8 for 60 seconds at ISO 4000.
This image, taken at Sparks Lake in mid August was shot at f2.8 for 60 seconds at ISO 4000.
Older cameras have older sensors, which means noise over about 800-1600 ISO. Remember that longer exposures add noise too so you have to weigh your options. If your camera is 3 years or younger you should be okay.
Does your camera have a Bulb setting on the dial, or in Manual?
Shutter cable release and/or Intervalometer