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Nighttime photography

As the day turns to night, the rods in your eyes take over as you try to see in the low light. While the cones provide your brain with most of the color information, the rods show the world in grayscale, with only subtle hints of color. Unlike your eyes, an image sensor doesn't have rods and cones, so it still sees the world in color, even in low light. While there may not be much light available, taking long exposures of a scene allows light to build up and reveal a colorful nighttime world. To capture great low-light shots, you need to take some steps to make sure your images don't end up dark and blurry.

After the sun goes down

When photographers talk about night photography, they aren't talking about shooting without light. Light must reach the image sensor for an image to be produced, so having a light source is an absolute necessity. However, this light doesn't have to be very bright, as long as it's somewhat predictable.


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