Awesome Photos Lesson 2: Nighttime Landscapes Without a Tripod!

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The Problem: All of my photos taken are night are blurry and ugly! I wish there was a way to get rid of all that blur so people can actually see what I was taking a photo of!

The Reason:
Good photos require lots of light. It's too dark at night and the camera's auto exposure function says in order to gather enough light to take a photo, it has to keep it's shutter open longer. Keeping the shutter open longer is fine, but because we are holding the camera with our hands it's impossible to be completely still for the duration of the shot so we get blurry photos.

The Solution: Make your own tripod! Tripods are a photographers' best friend when it comes to long-exposure or low-light photography. Tripods hold down the camera and eliminate all blur related movement. Unfortunately, they're pretty big and bulky and not ideal to be carrying around with you everywhere so the next best thing to to create one for yourself with whatever you have at the time.

1. See something cool that needs to be photographed.

2. Use one or more of the following objects: Shirts, jackets, sweatshirts, shoes, wallets, beanbags, car-rooftops, railings, the floor, a wall, etc. .

3. Set the object on a smooth flat surface and place your camera on it. Because you can move around and shape these objects, you should play around with them to get the best height and angle for your shot.

4. Set your camera to "Timer Mode". This ensures that nothing is touching the camera that would introduce blur into the image during the capture process.

5. And it's ok to set your camera to "Auto Mode" in all of these situations.

Some of my favorite images are taken at night. The light in the sky is gone and we are left with the wondrous colors and arrangements of man-made light bulbs.

These images were created using the Sony DSC-L1. 4 years old with 4 megapixels.

Thank you C.Y. for letting me borrow your camera! If you want your camera to be featured in a tutorial then drop me a message at

Tune in next time for Lesson 3: ????????????????

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