How to take Photos at Night

posted on 10th of october, 2009

I'm in Argentina updating my photos and website. You may have noticed that I have quite a few photos that are taken at night. It's my favourite time to shoot, but takes a bit more effort to get decent results. I've just finished updating my article on how to take photos at night, so thought I'd share the process I go through to get images that look like the ones here.

I use an Olympus Digital SLR, however the following tips apply equally to a Canon, Nikon or Sony camera: How to Take Photos at Night.

If, like me you use an Olympus DSLR, you may find this link more useful: How to take photos at night with an Olympus DSLR

Comments (29)

Posted by Paologozzi on November 06, 2009
Thanks for suggestions, I'm living above the norvegian arctic circle, I bought my new DSLR yesterday and the sun is goin to disappear in a couple of weeks and comes back the 7th january....
And after 30 years of pics without tripod I'will start to use it :-)
Posted by Elianehaykal on November 01, 2009
Fantastic images, thanks for writing this blog - very useful.
Posted by Marilyngould on October 28, 2009
Your images are fabulous, thanks for the helpful tips!
Posted by Magsellen on October 27, 2009
Thank you I found this very usfull
Posted by Holgs on October 15, 2009
Thanks for the tips. btw did you finsih your world tour??? or still traveling.

I'm still traveling - haven't uploaded too much lately because I've been in places with really bad internet connections, but I'm now in Buenos Aires catching up on some work. My upload que should be full again pretty soon!
Posted by Ongchangwei on October 13, 2009
Thanks, this is a good tips.
Posted by Picstudio on October 12, 2009
really usefull tips. Thanx for sharing.
Posted by Linqong on October 12, 2009
Thank you for your experience!!!
Posted by Asyan on October 12, 2009
Thank you for the tips!
Posted by Cleaper on October 12, 2009
Excellent article thank you! I've just upgraded from the e-400 to the E-30 and I'm really happy with it so far.
Posted by Fultonsphoto on October 12, 2009
Another piece of advice, a strong sturdy tripod can double as a good deterrent :0)
Posted by Holgs on October 11, 2009
Thanks for all the comments! Maybe another bit of advice should be: Go out with friends! In most places there's plenty to photograph in places that are perfectly safe - but I must say the photo from the Quito Old Town wasn't one of them. Walking back (alone!) probably wasn't the smartest thing - still it all went well!
Posted by Fultonsphoto on October 11, 2009
I love night/twilight shots but tend to not go out with my camera at night :0(
Posted by Wildmac on October 11, 2009
Fantastic images! Thanks for the tips. I've had a go at taking our local powerstation at night (I live in a small town so no great cityscapes) and they came out better than I expected. Twilight is definitely a great time to take them. :0)
Posted by Littledesire on October 11, 2009
Great photos and very useful blog, Holger! Thanks for the advises!
Posted by Doogiexxxx on October 11, 2009
thanks for the tip
Posted by Gaja on October 11, 2009
Very useful, especially since we in Scandinavia are entering the dark season. In december we will hardly see the sun at all. The few hours of light that are left then are all twilight :)
Posted by Davidwatmough on October 11, 2009
A very informative post and very fine images and clearly excellent in the market place. David
Posted by smartview27 on October 11, 2009
Beautiful images! Night has many things to say!
Posted by Gyeah on October 11, 2009
Thank you, for your time to write this beautiful articles.
Posted by Davidwatmough on October 11, 2009
Absolutely first class advice and wonderful images. The only thing you dont say [ but do imply ] is that you need to be good with Photoshop in order to merge images ! David.
Posted by Patl on October 11, 2009
Great blog. Very informative as I also shoot with the Olympus e system. I have an E-3 with an E-510 backup and a 12-60 SWD lens and a 50-200 SWD lens. It is a great system.
   Thank you    for the information
Posted by Frantab01 on October 11, 2009
fantastic article, thanks so much for the link, you've got great pics :)
Posted by Antoinettew on October 11, 2009
I have read your article with the most interest as I use an Olympus DSRL and I am always struggeling with the exposure when taking pictures at that time of night. But than I must admit I am not always carrying a tripod or a beanbag with me. Thanks for this useful information. Your photo's are wonderful!
Posted by Melonstone on October 11, 2009
Very useful blog and great "dusk" images - love the water reflections.
Posted by Justmeyo on October 11, 2009
Very beautiful images,thanks for tips also,best wishes
Posted by Creativei on October 11, 2009
Thanks for the tips. btw did you finsih your world tour??? or still traveling.
Posted by Mani33 on October 10, 2009
Wonderful photos! Thanks for the tips, cheers ;)
Posted by Irisangel on October 10, 2009
Excellent! Thanks for the tips, your images are amazing!

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