7 Tips for Evening Event Photography in Dubai

Night photography can be challenging because it’s the light that illuminates the entire scene in the first place, like they say - light is a photographer's best friend. The play of light on the subject's face reflects on the skill of the photographer. But what happens in a situation where there is not enough natural day light, lets say during night photography events - which are quite common in Dubai. Knowing a few good night photography tips will definitely help out here and allow you to take stunning pictures of night events the first time around:

Evening event photography of a girl in a yellow top.

Adjust Camera settings, shutter speed and aperture

The first thing you need to ensure is that your camera mode is set to RAW. Event lighting can often cause people to turn to weird shades of pink or even green, hence if you shoot in RAW you can fix that afterward. is the first thing you should be doing when the light goes down. The next thing you need to do is decrease the shutter speed, this will allow the camera’s shutter to take more time to click. Which in turn allows more time for light, this gives you a lighter picture. But lowering the shutter speed compromise the sharpness of your picture.

To make up for the decreasing shutter speed, you should increase aperture size and your camera’s ISO setting. You might need to experiment with the different settings to get the one that gives you the best result for your event.

Evening event photography in Dubai of a photographer changing settings on his camera

Night-time Lenses

If you are planning to cover a lot of night events, we recommend investing in a night-time lens for your camera. This is by far the most important piece of equipment worth investing in, a lens with a fast aperture, ideally f/2.8 and faster. They offer fast focusing, excellent sharpness and magnificent low-light performance as well as image stabilisation, which in turn allow you to increase the aperture size and lower shutter speed yet still get sharp and crisp images.

Event camera lenses for a night time event photoshoot

Try the Bulb Mode

If experimenting with different shutter speed, aperture, and ISO setting doesn’t give you the optimal result, you could try out the bulb mode. You have probably seen photographs that give the impression of light traveling, those are taken in the bulb mode. It packs energy in your pictures. With the bulb mode, you can program the shutter to remain open as long as you are pressing the shutter button. You will probably have to use the remote shutter button to avoid any shakes.

night time photography shot of light traveling