Once you know how to operate a camera, the most important lesson to learn in both photography and videography is how to work with light. At night, light sources are limited, but there are still many moments you'll want to record, from celebratory cheer to deep conversations around a campfire. Video is particularly good at capturing the little special moments – the way people move, talk and laugh that can't be caught in a photograph – but it can be difficult to know how to approach filming when there's not much light around.
Using a higher ISO will increase your camera's sensitivity to light, and selecting a wider aperture and slower shutter speed can increase the amount of light that hits the sensor, but without understanding how to control these settings in relation to your environment, you are likely to end up with grainy or blurry footage. With a little bit of knowledge, though, you can overcome these obstacles and achieve finished videos to cherish for years, as well as progressing your filmmaking skills.
Here, Ellis Reed, a content creator and photographer/videographer based in Bath, UK, shares his top tips for shooting video at night.