Lighting is undoubtedly important in photography, but what about taking photographs in the dark of night? You don’t need the perfect sunlight to take beautiful scenic photographs when you have the moon, stars, and the occasional shooting star flying by.
The trick lies in exposure times and adjusting your shutter speed from anywhere to 15 to 20 seconds. You’ll also want to invest in some necessary equipment, including a camera with a manual focus or an auto-focus that has infinity, manual, or disabled settings.
Since the key factor is exposure time, a tripod is an important accessory as well as a shutter with a cable release, remote control, or self-timer. And don’t forget a personal light source, such as a flashlight, for fidgeting with the camera settings in the dark. While the chances of getting a great night shot with a point and shoot isn’t great, those with a DSLR will be able to take great night shots with just a few configurations and a little patience.