How to take Photos at Night

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

Photo credits: Holger Mette.

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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 :-)

November 01, 2009


Fantastic images, thanks for writing this blog - very useful.

October 28, 2009


Your images are fabulous, thanks for the helpful tips!

October 27, 2009


Thank you I found this very usfull

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!

October 13, 2009


Thanks, this is a good tips.

October 12, 2009


really usefull tips. Thanx for sharing.

October 12, 2009


Thank you for your experience!!!

October 12, 2009


Thank you for the tips!

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.

October 12, 2009


Another piece of advice, a strong sturdy tripod can double as a good deterrent :0)

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!

October 11, 2009


I love night/twilight shots but tend to not go out with my camera at night :0(

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)

October 11, 2009


Great photos and very useful blog, Holger! Thanks for the advises!

October 11, 2009


thanks for the tip

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 :)

October 11, 2009


A very informative post and very fine images and clearly excellent in the market place. David

October 11, 2009


Beautiful images! Night has many things to say!

October 11, 2009


Thank you, for your time to write this beautiful articles.

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