April 2021 // The Travel Edition

Abandoned car in Rhyolite, Nevada. I used a tungsten flashlight for 5 seconds and a red headlamp in the front seat of the car for 4 seconds. Photographed with a 24mm lens, Canon EOS 5D Mark II. settings: f1.4 @ 1/20

WHAT CAMERAS ARE BEST FOR NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY?

Any current mirrorless or DSLR camera will offer excellent quality and high enough ISO settings for night photography. I recommend a camera that has an ISO setting of 3200 to 6400 for a good exposure, depending on the lens you are using and the conditions you encounter. I would avoid the higher ISO settings for most cameras, as they will only serve to increase noise. Full-frame sensor cameras offer the highest image quality with the ability to make the largest prints. In addition, the full-frame sensor allows for the use of the full range of wide-angle lenses available. This is in contrast to the crop factor sensor cameras with a crop factor of 1.52 to 1.6 that result in shorter shutter times and high ISO with more noise. The current crop factor sensor mirrorless and DSLR cameras offer the next best image quality and the ability to make large prints. Using a vari-angle screen, mainly in crop factor sensor cameras, makes it easier to focus and to review your images on the LCD screen. This is especially helpful in rugged terrain. High-quality point and shoot type cameras offer star setting options too. Additional equipment includes a timer remote control to prevent blur from pressing the shutter button. Alternately, you can set your self-timer to a 2-second delay. For sharp images, use a sturdy metal tripod to withstand wind and the elements of nature such as frost.

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