Just as it is when you photograph any type of subject, you must consider your image composition. Simply put, always mind what is being reflected in the water.
When capturing reflections in your photography at night, get down close to the water. That way, you’ll include much more reflection in your photos.
It is amazing when all comes together after sunset; the city lights start glowing and those reflections produce brilliant results. The key to successful night photography is a solid tripod, as long exposure times are common and a bit of patience.
Tips for Photographing Water Reflections at Night
- Set your camera to manual mode because auto-focus does not work sufficiently in low light.
- Night photography requires slow shutter speeds. Because it is dark and your camera needs to hold the shutter open a long time in order to gather sufficient light for the exposure.
- Utilize the camera’s self-timer, a cable release or remote release to trip the shutter.
- Use a smaller aperture (around f/11 for landscapes or f/5.6 for smaller objects and area size)
- When taking still photos at night, it’s a good idea to set your ISO to the lowest setting possible on your camera. Try not to go above ISO 400 or 800.
I hope I explained some of my quick tips for better night photography. If you have any questions regarding this post, please leave them in the comment section below.
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