Zhangzhou At Night

In which I take some photos of Zhangzhou at night

My camera is awesome. It’s a Samsung WB700 which my grandparents bought for me (after I’d chosen it) for my birthday last year. OK, so it’s not an SLR or anything like that and the only function I feel I am missing is a panoramic mode, but the zoom packs a punch at 18x. Maybe one day I will upgrade to a fancier camera but I can’t think about that until I know about shutter speed and aperture and all that. My camera has these features that I have yet to explore…

Until last night that is. I finally decided that after a ridiculously long time I would try and work out how to actually use all the functions on my camera. For some of these, I knew I would need a tripod to steady the photo. Step in Taobao, the Chinese version of eBay and I bought myself a Joby GorillaPod.


Joby GorillaPod

My new Joby GorillaPod

Little did I know what a simple purchase could do, alongside some fiddling with the camera on my behalf. I can now take photos at night using long shutter openings!

zhangzhou at night

Out of my window. On the left is the normal camera setting and on the right, with a tripod and changed shutter speed!

zhangzhou at night

Original in top right, 2 seconds shutter on the left and 6 seconds bottom right.

OK, so these aren’t the greatest shots ever, but for a first attempt I’m pretty pleased and proud of them. I’m still not entirely sure about aperture, but it’s a learning process, right?!


What do you think? Have any tips for taking photos at night that you can share with me?

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Author: Bennett

2 years as an expat in China and now doing the same in New Zealand, Bennett sure likes to experience "slow travel!"

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  1. You should try playing around with your ISO settings, which causes the noise or grainy looking pictures. Also, if you have aperture, you want to make sure it is at the lowest setting, so you are getting all the light in as possible. Some of the pictures look still a little shaky, make sure you are somewhere that will not be bumped into by others or by walking around. It makes a difference on making a sharper image. An IS setting (if available) help reduce these little vibrations.

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    • Hi Angela – thanks for the tips! I have control over ISO and aperture so will fiddle with those and an OIS function, so I’ll really get practicing with these. Know the pics aren’t perfect but I’m pretty happy for a first attempt and can’t wait to get out with my tripod at night again! 🙂

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  2. Wow love that you showed all the various shots with the change in settings and using the gorilla pod. I have one too but I rarely take it out with me – its just sooooo huge! it seems awkward but after seeing your shots I think I’m going to have to start using it.

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    • Thanks, Mary. I couldn’t believe how immediate the difference could be using such a simple piece of kit! I think that’s where I am lucky, I have a small point and shoot camera I can do enough with, without the need for bulk, hence the smaller GorillaPod!

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    • Thanks Karisa! Yeah, normally I can’t see how colourful they are because I can’t take a good photo 🙂

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  3. LOVE this! I just got into photography and it’s so much fun to discover new features. Long exposure shots are so fun to play with. You did a really great job. Can’t wait to see more.

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    • Thanks Meagan! I’ve just got really into it too and it’s a great to time to learn about all my new features. Hoping to try out some more soon!

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