Budapest Night Photography by Lola Akinmade Akerstrom

Some of the most enchanting images while traveling can be taken at night yet taking decent night shots remains a constant challenge for most photographers. Not everyone travels with a tripod and for a camera to capture crisp images, various factors such as available light, image sensor sensitivity (ISO), shutter speed, and aperture must work in concert.

During low light situations like dawn, dusk, or at night, the camera can’t get enough light to properly process the photograph without using flash. And the problem with using flash at night is that your photographs become overexposed, thus defeating the purpose of capturing that ambient scene with its twinkling lights.

One of my favorite tips for night photography is focusing on a single light source. While shots of sweeping night scenes are fine, to take your night photography to the next level, try isolating sections of the scene and different subjects with single light sources.

This shows how the light source is interacting with its environment and I never have to resort to flash because I’m focusing most of my energy on that single light source and what it is illuminating around it.

Plus this adds an element of “drama”. The photos below illustrate this photo tip.

Photography by Lola Akinmade Akerstrom

Photography by Lola Akinmade Akerstrom

 

Photography by Lola Akinmade Akerstrom

Photography by Lola Akinmade Akerstrom

Photography by Lola Akinmade Akerstrom

Christmas markets in Stockholm

Photography by Lola Akinmade Akerstrom