9 steps to stunning night city photos

  1. Shoot in the evening and ideally on a weekday for most city lights to be on
  2. Use Bluehoursite to determine the sunset time for your location. 10-15 min after sunset the sky gets colourful, after that it turns deep blue (blue hour)

  3. Put your camera on a tripod, a wall, a beanie bag, or anything else to keep it still

  4. Switch OFF vibration reduction / image stabilization on your lens while it is on a tripod

  5. Use Aperture priority at f/8 if everything is far, use f/16 if you also have a foreground element (this also gives a nice starburst effect for the lights)

  6. Set ISO to 100

  7. Set White Balance to Tungsten

  8. Focus on a spot with high contrast between bright and dark, like a lit window or a neon sign. (If you cannot move the focal point, set the AF-area mode to Single Point Focus)

  9. Set self timer to 2 sec or use a remote to take the shot


Tip: Choose a day with clouds in the sky! As long as it's not completely overcast, they may create stunning sunsets


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