Pixels After Dark: Shooting the Night


Shooting at night has obvious disadvantages and is arguably more difficult. But as with all things difficult, there are always positives. One of those is that controlling errant daylight is not an issue—it’s dark. Another is that there are fewer images around, so that your pictures have a chance of standing out from the crowd.

In this approximately ninety-minute presentation, Jeff Cables, who also photographed three separate Olympics, shares his many secrets and images. You will get tips and techniques on how to take the best night photos, giving guidance on camera settings, composite suggestions, editing techniques, best shooting times and more.

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Thanks for the video, was VERY helpful. One thing, you mentioned trouble with taking pictures when there is unpreventable camera movement (ie from a bridge). Suggest trying cranking up the iso to get the same image faster (with some added noise). Take the image TONS of times, then open as layers into PS, auto-align layers, and average the layers. Averaging is a sort of post-process long exposure, which will average out the noise wonderfully. more pictures = less noise. I wrote a quick PS script to correctly change each layer's opacity easily:

//Average Layers
if (documents.length > 0){
var layersCount = activeDocument.layers.length;
if (layersCount > 1){
for (var i=0 ; i < layersCount ; i++) {
activeDocument.layers[i].opacity = (100 / (layersCount-i));
}else {alert ("You do not have more than one layer to average!");}
}else {alert ("You do not have an open document");}

Can you shoot night photography in Aperture mode for example like the Vegas strip?

Yes you can. For this type of approach a tripod is definitely recommended, and either using the self timer that’s built into your camera, or if possible an external shutter release is advised to use. I’d start by setting my aperture to around F8 and start taking shots, stopping down the aperture in each subsequent shot so you may see which aperture yields the best results on your lens.

Thank you Jeff and thank you B&H for allowing me to view this at no cost. Much, Much Appreciated!

Nice to see various images - but Jeff needs less coffee :) and focus more on the fact that this is training - not just a presentation of his images - not that it is not necessary to show images of course- but he should have focus more on how he shot each image and the thought process and the setting and why these settings where fitting and what to look for etc. - I know he did mention some settings of some images etc. but it was passed through way way to fast - it would have been much better to show fewer images and go slower and more into each image and the why's - It should have been a hint when a student had no idea what a cropped sensor or camera was, that is audience was or at least part of it was not experienced so he needed to adjust to that or somewhat expect that.
Otherwise always enjoy the various presenters and that B&H invites them - that is super, Thanks -