It is night, as in this old shot of Grand Central Station. How do you deal with this?
Technique. A combination of techniques, actually. Use as many of these as you can:
- Stabilize your camera. Use a tripod, or balance the camera securely on any surface (protecting it with a bean bag).
- Use a wide lens. This makes it possible to shoot slower.
- Use a stabilized lens.
- Use exposure compensation (minus!), or spot meter off buildings, to avoid too-long shutter speeds.
- Increase your ISO if you have to.
- Sometimes I even slightly underexpose and then push the exposure later – better a little grain, if I must, than motion blur.
- Take many shots – and just use the sharp ones!
As you see, there is no single answer. A combination of the above will work. Night is the best time for many shots – use it.
This shot is from the all-new “Travel Photography” course I just wrote for the School of Imaging, by the way. Completely rewritten and worth taking – if you are going to travel, you owe it to yourself!