7 Tips to help you better your chances in our latest Contest

If you want to do well in the #Nightlight2019 Contest, you should know that nighttime photography is a whole different ball game! New rules, new camera settings and new tricks! But no need to panic, we’ve got you covered! Here you can find our 7 top tips to improve your chances in our latest Contest. Don’t miss the video at the end ๐Ÿ˜‰

Donโ€™t forget to check out other blog posts with photography tips on composition and lighting to increase your odds of becoming an AGORA Finalist or better yet the next AGORA Hero!

Cover photo by @llumphotography


โœ… Shoot In RAW
To get the best night shots you have to shoot with the best image quality possible, and that means RAW. When shooting in RAW the images will retain more information, which gives you more room to improve the shots in editing software; such as color temperature, white balance or increase / decrease exposures.

โœ… Camera Settings For Night Photography
It is best to shoot in manual mode to be able to choose the best aperture and shutter speed for the photograph. Start composing and focusing the shot, adjust a narrow aperture, mark the correct shutter speed until the exposure level mark is in the middle of the exposure level indicator and voilร !

โœ… Take a few shots and check them on the LCD.
Remember that this is what the camera thinks is the best exposure, but if you see that the shots are too bright, you can underexpose by 1 or 2 notches so that they really look good.

โœ… Do not abuse the flash
Use it only when and if you really need it. If you illuminate a night landscape with flash, the first 2 meters will be what will be lit, leaving the rest of the scene dark. Instead, use an extra light source such as an external flash, a flashlight or even the light of another mobile phone!


โœ… Stay steady
It is normal to need a support, tripod or similar so that your night photos do not move. Having a good point of support can make a huge difference.

โœ… Every second counts
In the absence of light photos take longer to “cook” than in broad daylight. For this reason, adjusting the exposure time to capture the perfect shot is critical. In the city, even at night, the necessary exposure time does not usually go beyond 5 or 10 seconds. However, in the countryside, it may take up to several minutes. This may not be an issue if you’re using a mobile device, with night mode being an option – when activated it automatically selects the exposure time it needs!

โœ… Capture the movement
When you find yourself in places with a lot of movement of people, cars, illuminated signs etc. use a prolonged exposure to capture that nocturnal bustle. While, if the subject(s) is static, a low exposure time will be enough.

Check out this video created by youtube answer to photography mastery Peter McKinnon. Discover his experience with night photography, including his top tips and equipment recommendations to master this genre! ๐Ÿ‘‡

Questions for the AGORA Community:

Have you ever taken night time shots before? After reading this post try it again and leave us some comments on your results!

Has this post helped you to improve your knowledge about night photography? 

Donโ€™t forget to submit your best photos to the #NightLight2019 contest!