Use camera settings to make the most of your photography from dusk to dawn

dawn to dusk photography


In photography, too much light can be a frustrating thing to deal with. There’s generally more than enough light around at lunchtime on a clear summer day, for example, but it’s hard and concentrated, and generally requires a bit of intervention in order to make it work for a picture. 

But what about when there’s not very much light at all? How can you make the most of your camera in fading light or even in the middle of the night? While the best professional cameras (opens in new tab) are capable of recording stunning photos even in low light, you’ll need to time your shoot carefully depending on the results you want.

Night photos don’t tend to look their best if they’re taken in the middle of the night. By shooting earlier, when there’s still some color and brightness in the sky, you’ll be able to create more evocative shots, where the indigo-blue twilight hues provide a fitting contrast to the warm glow of streetlights, illuminated buildings and traffic trails (opens in new tab).

dawn to dusk photography

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For some types of night photography, shooting when the sky appears black may be unavoidable or necessary – if astrophotography (opens in new tab) is your aim then you’ll have to shoot when there’s a clear view of the stars. But it can be hard to capture everything in a single exposure when you’re faced with dense black areas and bright lights.