To do photography in open air at night time, you can use a flash or not use a flash, depending on the desired outcome.
- Without flash:
- Use a tripod to keep the camera steady
- Use a low ISO to reduce noise
- Use a slow shutter speed to allow more light into the camera
- Experiment with aperture to control depth of field
- Use a wide-angle lens to capture more of the scene
- With flash:
- Use a flash with a diffuser to soften the light
- Experiment with flash power and placement to control the amount of light in the scene
- Use a slow sync flash mode to capture ambient light in the background
- Use a flash with a remote trigger to avoid camera shake
Remember, when shooting at night it’s important to check the focus and the composition, and always have a backup plan in case of bad weather or technical issues.
Slow sync flash mode
Slow sync flash mode is a camera setting that allows you to capture both the ambient light in the scene and the flash illumination. This can be useful in low light situations, where you want to illuminate a subject but also maintain some of the background detail.
Here are the steps to use slow sync flash mode:
- Set your camera to manual or shutter priority mode.
- Set your shutter speed to a slower setting, such as 1/30s or 1/60s. This will allow more ambient light into the camera.
- Set your flash to manual or ETTL (through-the-lens) mode.
- Set your flash to fire in slow sync mode. This can typically be done by pressing a button on the flash or in the camera’s flash menu.
- Take the photo.
Keep in mind that when using slow sync flash mode, the flash will fire at the beginning of the exposure and the shutter will stay open to allow in the ambient light. This means that if the subject or camera moves during the exposure, it can result in blur. So, use a tripod or set a high ISO to avoid blur.