Learn Night Photography

Night Photography Unlocked

One of the first things that interested me as a young boy just getting into photography, was shooting at night. I was fascinated by the way light was recorded onto film and the effects I could create with long exposures. Especially when using torches and a tripod.

Of course, I was rubbish at it. This was circa 1981 (aged 13-14)…

Night Photography Test

However, that didn't stop me trying and loving it. Trouble was, I had to wait two weeks for the prints to arrive through the post to see my results. Often very disappointing!

I experimented with all manner of techniques including:

  • Off camera flash
  • Star trails
  • Super long exposures
  • Slow shutter speeds whilst moving the camera

...and remember, this was all with a simple, basic SLR film camera at the age of about 14.

Digital Night Photography

Later on when I got into digital, I loved it because it meant I could see results immediately. That meant I could experiment and learn a lot quicker. Now I use night photography quite a bit and the skills I have learned come in very handy for wedding photography at night.

In the image below, I was on a 5 day trip to Italy to shoot a 3 day wedding and in my spare time, I shot a lot of night photography for stock:

Night Photography

And of course, the techniques used came in very handy when shooting the actual wedding. Because for each of the three days I was shooting, the events started early evening and went on into the night:

Night Photography Weddings

Without the skills I had learned, this would have been a disaster and I could well have messed up the entire wedding.

It doesn't matter what genre of photography you are into:

  • Sports
  • Weddings
  • Landscapes
  • Property
  • Commercial

There will more than likely come a point where you will need to learn some night photography skills. Of course, practice makes perfect but to give yourself a helping hand and speed up the learning process, check out this brilliant course by Neil Creek, a seasoned, professional night photographer.

Learn Night Photography

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About the author


Professional photographer and videographer for more than 30 years and all round photography, video and gadget geek. Shooting ground and aerial wedding, stock and commercial photography (and video) in the UK and Europe. Please note: As an Amazon Associate and affiliate for other companies, I earn from qualifying purchases from some links used in this website. You don't pay any more but the commissions earned means I can keep adding to the website and offer free training etc. I.e. they pay my costs. Thank you.