night tutorials

Focusing at Night

Over the years I’ve dabbled with many different techniques to achieve proper focus at night

Hyperfocal

This has become my go-to method that is quick, easy and accurate for prime lenses, which is all I shoot with at night now. On prime lenses you’ll find markings that coincide with your aperture. To set hyperfocal simply set the infinity mark to align with your selected aperture. Below is an example of the Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 set to the hyperfocal distance for f/4. There are no markings below f/4 so you have to eyeball it between f/4 and the center white line.

Flashlight to Retain Night Vision

Maintaining your night vision is an important factor for night photography. If you want to fully take in the natural scene before you and be able to identify faint stars and the milky way, you will want to maintain your low light capability. The cones in your eyes quickly adapt for basic night vision, fully adapted in as little as 5 minutes. The rods on the other hand can take up to 45 minutes to fully adapt, and these are the key to seeing faint detail in the night sky.

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