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We are mixing it up a little on Lets Go Big tunes blog page so Thursdays will be called #ThursdaySnapShots and will be dedicated to bringing new tips, trends and advise about everything photography...........This week we are giving tips on how to take night time photographs.

Tip 7. Zoom bursts

While a zoom burst can produce dynamic photos in daylight, it's a photography technique that comes alive with night photography.

Zooming the lens either in or out during a long exposure while there are artificial lights in the frame creates bright, colorful light trails that transform the most mundane scene or subject.

For the straightest streaks, try this technique with the camera fixed to a tripod. Make sure the focal point is in the center of the frame, and try adding a blip of flash to add a sense of sharpness to static objects.

Tip 8. Photographing the moon

The rise of a full moon is one of the most predictable things in nature, so capturing the best moon photos comes down to preparation and prevailing weather conditions.

To make a photo where the moon looks large enough in the frame you'll need a telephoto lens - and the longer the better.

You're really looking at a 400mm lens as a minimum, which gives the equivalent view of a 600-640mm lens when attached to an APS-C DSLR.

Take a test shot and check the histogram. It's easy for the moon to be overexposed and you may need to dial in negative exposure compensation to reduce the brightness level.

Tip 9. Remove UV filters

If you use a UV or Skylight filter to protect the front element of your lens, now is the time to remove it. Leaving a UV filter attached for night photography will just create internal reflections - particularly noticeable effects when the moon or light sources in the frame.

Fit a lens hood instead. This will protect the lens from bumps and scratches, and also block stray light from entering the lens.

We're more used to shielding the front element during daylight hours, but street lights can cause flare just as readily as the sun.

You can also make your own DIY lens flare buster for night photography using a simple piece of black card - it can really make the difference when you're shooting under strong street lights.

Tip 10. Photographing cities at night

In terms of technique, photographing buildings at night draws on the familiar low light principles of long exposures, a tripod-mounted camera and a remote release to fire the shutter.

It's easy to overexpose brightly lit buildings, so take a test and check the histogram - activating your camera's highlight alert function can provide a quick guide to potential hotspots too.

Head out on clear nights following a day of rain, and use reflections in puddles to add brightness and color to dark foregrounds. Of course, rivers and canals can be used to capture reflections of buildings too.

Lets see what tips and tricks we have for you next week on #ThursdaySnapShots here on Lets Go Big Tunes blog page

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