Low-light & flash

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Take bet­ter night shots

If you’re shoot­ing after dark, your Nikon’s light me­ter will strug­gle to make sense of the bright lights and dark shad­ows. It’s of­ten sim­pler to set your Nikon to man­ual, set the shut­ter speed to B (bulb) mode and time your ex­po­sures us­ing trial and er­ror.


Lighten up shad­ows

Ac­tive D-Light­ing helps with very high-con­trast scenes. The cam­era ad­justs the ex­po­sure to cap­ture the high­lights, and brings out the shad­ows us­ing in-cam­era pro­cess­ing. The older D-Light­ing tool (found in Nikon soft­ware) sim­ply light­ens the shad­ows.


Bal­ance your flash

The re­sults of us­ing flash are of­ten harsh and un­flat­ter­ing. Try com­bin­ing flash and avail­able light us­ing the flash’s ‘Slow’ mode. The flash fires first, but the ex­po­sure then con­tin­ues to cap­ture the am­bi­ent light too (so you need to keep the cam­era steady).


Lead from the front

Nor­mally, the flash fires at the start of an ex­po­sure, but if you’re cap­tur­ing mov­ing sub­jects with slow flash this means you’ll get a blurred move­ment train in front of your sub­ject. In­stead switch to ‘rear cur­tain’ flash mode, so that the flash fires at the end in­stead.


Take con­trol of flash

It’s not easy to get the power of the built-in flash right, as you’re re­act­ing to what Nikon’s iTTL flash con­trol does, but you can set it man­u­ally. Pick Flash Ctrl for Built-in Flash from the Cus­tom Set­tings menu, se­lect Man­ual and choose a power set­ting.

For night shots fea­tur­ing bright lights, it’s of­ten sim­pler to use man­ual mode and ex­per­i­ment

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