How do you focus your camera lens at night for long exposure photography?
At night, for long exposure photography, I have trouble accurately focussing on dark or poorly lit subjects, like a tree in a field. Besides closing down the f-stop to something like 8 or smaller, is there a way to get better focus? I'm shooting with a Canon t3i. Can I use Magic Lantern software to help with focus assist in photo mode, for example?
One of the most difficult aspects of night photography is the issue of focusing. If it's a long-distance landscape shot like the one in your OP, the answer is that it's the farthest focus setting even at f-22.
One shot I did that actually came out was completed by setting the focus while it was still dusk, then waiting it out till the moon came up.
Another was done by measuring the distance and taking multiple versions of the shot using the meter settings on the lens.
With close up shots, an halogen flashlight for focusing works.
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