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How to Take Great Night Photos Without Your Tripod

Always on the ball, Yahoo's Techie Diva Gina Hughes has tipped me off to a list of helpful night photography guides. It's a problem close to my heart, because like Gina, I love taking pictures of cityscapes at night, especially when I'm on vacation. Suggestions include experimenting with your camera's ISO, Exposure and Aperture settings. Here's more

Set your "ISO at 200 and 400, shutter speed from 1/15 of a second to 6/10 of a second, and aperture set to whichever setting allows the LCD to appear as bright as you want the photos to be, but not much brighter. In other words, set ISO first, shutter speed second, and aperture to the just-bright-enough setting. Now, start taking pictures." You'll need to read your camera's manual to learn more about these three features first.

Of course, once you find the best settings for your digital camera, all you have to do is set them as your preferred settings, and take 5-15 photos in continuous shooting mode until you get one that isn't blurry. Always remember that even the smallest movements can make your images blurry, so try not to take photos right after a glass of champagne. For additional help, visit Instructables.

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gemsera gemsera 8 years
Another great tip is to use your surroundings. Find a park bench or your car roof for stability. Anything will do. Also if theres a pond with water (in some parks) you can use the rocks to take a stable picture on night mode without flash, it takes in all the light and looks stunning.
PinkNC PinkNC 9 years
I like that one.
c0rkie c0rkie 9 years
thank you!
Schaianne Schaianne 9 years
Thanks! I always try to find something to lean my phone on, haha. Very inconvenient.
BlackPowerBunny BlackPowerBunny 9 years
this is a cool tip.
alexismae alexismae 10 years
i can't wait to try this out...i've missed so many great night pics without this info
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 10 years
Beautiful picture, great advice!
partysugar partysugar 10 years
Awesome tip, totally going to put this into practice.
Daisy6264 Daisy6264 10 years
I like the pic.
Fancy04 Fancy04 10 years
Thanks for the tip.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 10 years
That looks really cool! I wish I'd had this tip when I was in Vegas!
woodycakes woodycakes 10 years
thats a great picture. i wish i could take photos like that too. thanks for the tip. ;)
cutelilbunny cutelilbunny 10 years
Wow, the above picture is amazing. Thanks for the tip! Maybe now I'll be able to take pictures that arent blurry and hypnotic-like.
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