Night Photography Tutorial – Focusing, Light Meter, Camera Settings Tips

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  1. such good advice ! i’m going out tonight for my first go at night photography, I have a Nikon D3100 with the basic 18-55mm Kit lens and a basic cheap tripod, I have watched so many videos on night photography on youtube but yours is the first i’ve seen to mention turning off VR and using MF !!! thanks :o)

  2. Great tips! Thanks for the tutorials. Looking forward to when my T4i arrives (my first dlsr), and to applying what I’m learning from your videos.

  3. Great tutorial! One question though, I use nikon 18-55mm(the lens that comes with the camera, and a 55-300 but neither one of those have anything that shows if it’s focusing on infinity, so how am I supposed to do then?

  4. Thanks Jib, great video. Can u explain how to do night photography for a landscapes in case there are some moving objects i.e. seaside with a castle and there is a small boat shaking on the sea because of waves and air. Or a person staying on rock next near the beach..etc. thanks a lot

  5. My left ear approves of your video………

  6. Thanks Jib. I saw the infinity focusing video. Thanks for great videos. Learnt a lot from you practical videos.

  7. PhotographersOnUTube

    Yes, switch to MF and focus to infinity. Watch the infinity focusing video as there are 2 ways to do it.

  8. hi there, I will be shooting with Tokina 11-16mm on D5100 so there is no auto focus. I have to manually adjust the focus using the focus ring. In this scenario shall I switch to MF on lens in advance before switching on the camera and then set the focus to infinity manually? Please advise.

  9. loubricationisdaman

    Cheers mate, this vid helped heaps, one of the best tutorials on youtube.

  10. Do you have am instagram account? I would like to see some of your work. Thank you for your you tube videos, they are very helpful.

  11. ive heard many pro photographers say to turn off IS, VR etc. on a tripod because it has potential to mess up the shot.

  12. Thanks
    

  13. PhotographersOnUTube

    Because when VR is on, the motor inside the lens moves back and forth so the picture is not blurry but if the lens is on a tripod that means there is no physical movement of the lens but if the motor inside is moving then that makes the pictures very soft. That’s why VR/IS needs to be turned off every time you use a tripod.

  14. PhotographersOnUTube

    No, ND filter I normally use when I do long exposure during the day. At night, you don’t need ND filter.

  15. Why do you have to turn IS/VR off when using a tripod?

  16. hey, just wondering do you use any ND filters to take these pictures?? thanks 🙂

  17. thanks

  18. PhotographersOnUTube

    The cost depends on the size of the filter ring. The bigger the ring, the more expensive it gets. You can get a quality Hoya 9 stop filter for around 100 bucks. You don’t have to buy Singh Ray for $300. The cheap alternative is welding glass but you’ll have to do DIY. Buy the welding glass and try to attach it to your lens. You’ll have to reverse the lens hood so it doesn’t touch the lens glass and damage the lens.

  19. is there an alternative to a very expensive 9stops filter… all my long exposure are coming all white, unless Im lucky enough to get a cloudy or darker daylight. they said it was about 275$ for a good 9stops, but they also told there was one you can adjust but giving a less fluid result for about 80$ …

  20. NickSpadeDisappeared

    ok thank you..

  21. PhotographersOnUTube

    Yes, because it takes a long time to get the exposure which is same thing as slower shutter speed.

  22. NickSpadeDisappeared

    by long exposure.., u mean slower shutter speed?

  23. i watch ur every video, but man! u gotta get a beetter mic

  24. you should organize a photo travel tour where people can meet you somewhere in the world and we can learn how to take pics with tips on famous landmarks that meets your traveling schedule should you do this… 🙂

  25. Hello Jib,
    i watched this video & i hav been trying Long Exposure Night Photography bt I’m facing major a problm..

    I am getting too much noise even on the lowest ISO
    (D3100). I tried using noise reduction ON/Off, but nothing seems to help..

    How do i get rid of this?? could you please help??