Night photography settings

Moon and trees

Moon and trees

 

Some guidelines for night time shots I found on the web.

ISO 100, f/16:

  • City scape at night – 2 min
  • City scape after sunset – 1/4 sec
  • Traffic trails – 30 sec
  • Fireworks – 30 sec
  • Floodlit building – 15 sec
  • Neon sign – 1 sec
  • Outdoor illuminations – 15 sec
  • Illuminated shop windows – 1 sec
  • Campfire flames – 2 sec
  • Fairground rides – 15 sec
  • Landscape by moonlight – 30 min
  • Landscape by twilight – 30 sec
  • Domestic interior – 8 sec
  • Person lit by campfire flames – 16 sec
  • Person lit by candlelight – 8 sec
  • Person lit by 100 watt bulb – 4 sec
  • Spotlit stage, theatre or circus – 1/2 sec
  • Spotlit stage, school play – 8 sec
  • Full moon – 1/30 sec
  • Cresent moon – 1/8 sec
  • Museum or Gallery – 8 sec

I would hope my camera’s automatic settings can pick the right exposure for me. I do like using the aperture priority mode on my Olympus OM-4Ti much more then I use the camera in manual mode. But it is good to know manual settings. 😉

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