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Photographing with Your Digital Camera at Night

Don’t put your digital camera away when the sun sets. The world takes on an entirely different look at night, and you can capture that nighttime feel with your camera. When taking night pictures

1

Support your camera.

Use a tripod or some other camera support. If you don’t have a tripod, shoot through the viewfinder rather than by using the LCD screen so you can hold your camera tight against your body. You can lean into a wall or other solid object to steady yourself even further. Or you can set your camera on an immobile surface, like a table or ledge, to steady it while you take the photo.

2

Turn off your camera’s flash.

Many cameras suggest using flash in night shooting; don’t. Some cameras automatically set the flash to fire in low-light conditions; override it, if you can.

3

Get a long exposure.

A long exposure can capture all the light that’s available.

4

Use the camera’s timer.

Even when you use your tripod to hold your camera steady, your finger pressing down on the shutter release button can cause enough movement to blur your photo. With a timer, you don't have to touch the camera while you take the photo. This is especially helpful when shooting at night or in other low-light situations.

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