Pro­duce a light paint­ing

Use a torch to add im­pact to night shots

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Us­ing flash­guns or torches to light up the fore­ground is a sim­ple way to give your night shots a twist. There are many light-paint­ing tech­niques, so you’ll need to ex­per­i­ment with your cam­era set­tings. Once you’ve fixed your Nikon to a tri­pod and framed your im­age, switch to Man­ual ex­po­sure mode and dial in a shutter speed of 30 sec­onds, an aper­ture of f/5.6 and ISO200 as a start­ing ex­po­sure, then use your torch or flash­gun to ‘paint’ your sub­ject dur­ing the ex­po­sure. Keep the light mov­ing, and avoid il­lu­mi­nat­ing one area for too long, other­wise you run the risk of hav­ing hotspots in your im­age.

The more powerful the torch, the eas­ier it is to light paint a large area

Us­ing a powerful torch to il­lu­mi­nate derelict build­ings, trees or even parts of the land­scape can help bring your night sky im­ages to life

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