In this article, we will be taking a look at a number of different things that you can implement to improve your Nikon d3300 night photography. Throughout the article we will be going over a key item, how it helps improves your night time photography, and how you can best implement it for the best results.
Our hope is that these photography tips will be able to get our readers quick results to improve their photographs as quickly as possible while many of the points can also be used to improve your performance in other photography niches too.
Invest In A Suitable Lens For Night Photography
Our recommendation would be the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC (Click here to check for product prices and availability) due to its excellent build quality, its functionality, its performance, the fact that it natively fits to your d3300, and its relatively budget-friendly price tag. All of this has enabled the lens to become very popular and earn itself an excellent reputation amongst photographers. Additionally, it also has a proven history of having some excellent night time performance with a number of independent reviews from other photographers specifically commenting on it.
It is a prime lens based around the 14mm focal range allowing it to capture some great photos of the night sky in ultra wide angle aspects. One thing that we would like to point out is that if you are in North America or Europe then this lens will be under the brand of Rokinon whereas if you are in Asia then it will be under the brand of Samyang, both are the exact same lens with the same functionality.
The video below is an in depth review of the lens from a third-party photographer to offer our readers an independent opinion of it.
Be Sure To Use A High-Quality Tripod
The ability to leave your d3300 in a stable position for extended periods of time is vital when it comes to night time photography and one of the easiest and cheapest ways to do this is to simply use a tripod. This will help improve your image quality by reducing the chances of any accidental knocks to the position of your camera ruining your timelapse that could easily have been avoided.
Consider Using A Red Intensifier Filter
Although an expensive accessory, Red intensifier filters have become pretty popular within the astrophotography and they have managed to earn themselves an excellent reputation. If you do choose to pick up one of these filters be sure to double check the thread size of your lens of choice to ensure that you get the correct sized filter.
Pickup A Remote Shutter Release
The tool is very easy to use and it essentially removes the need for you to manually touch your d3300 camera body once set up as you are able to control the functionality of your camera from the intervalometer. Even when mounted on a tripod, there is still a small risk of your camera’s position changing slightly when you touch it to tweak settings and such. This can have an effect when you take pictures of something like the night sky and potentially ruin your timelapse, using a remote to tweak your camera’s settings removes this risk.
Invest In Some Budget Friendly ND Filters
Depending on what type of night time photography you are actually doing then picking up some decent ND filters (Click here to check for product prices and availability) for your lens of choice can be another great addition to your camera kit. These will allow you to improve the long exposure capabilities of your d3300 as well as its low light performance. We also recently published an article on what we feel are the best ND filters for Nikon d3300 users that you may also find helpful.
Again, just like with the Red intensifier filters we touched on above, always check the lens filter size of your current lens of choice before ordering to ensure that you are getting a filter that will fit your lens.
Try Using Some Steel Wool In Your Photographs
The final thing that we will be suggesting is to pick up some steel wool (Click here to check for product prices and availability) to help add a more unique look to your low light or night time photographs with your d3300 as seen in the image above. If you are set on only taking photographs of the night sky then this is probably a useless item but on the other hand, it really can bring your photographs alive if your are taking photographs of bridgets or other objects at ground level.
The video below offers a full tutorial on how best to impliment steel wool into your photography sessions to get the best possible results while also staying totally safe.