motorway night photography

When it comes to night photography, you’ll need to know the ins and outs of your camera, it’s settings, and for the best results, manual photography. Below are some night photography tips that can help you capture stunning shots.


Before you even leave your house, make sure your camera kit and you are prepared to spend a long period of time outside. Wear warm clothing, take a hat and gloves (it will get cold!), extra batteries as cold weather can drain your camera batteries quickly. Take a torch! Just in case you can’t see all of your camera buttons and settings and makes setting up your tripod easier.

Manual mode

Shooting in manual mode will give you complete control of your camera settings, allowing you to adjust your shutter speeds, aperture and ISO to suit your situation.


As mentioned above, when adjusting your camera settings in manual mode, you can control and adjust your ISO. For night photography, you will need to set your ISO as low as you can go. The higher the ISO, the grainier your photos will be.


Night photography requires long exposures, and therefore you will need to set your shutter speed to 10 seconds or more. As much as you think you’re keeping perfectly still, we can guarantee you’ll have some movement and blurriness in your photos. Having a sturdy tripod can o the hard work for you.

Shoot in Raw

As we’ve mentioned before in a previous blog post, shooting in RAW has its benefits in post-processing. It allows you to edit your photographs to make additional enhancements that you will be limited with if it’s just a standard jpeg file.

We hope these night photography tips help you create some beautiful long-exposure photographs that you can be proud of. But more importantly, have fun with it, experiment and see what results you get from trying different settings.