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How to Take the Best Photos During Vivid Sydney

If you’ve made the decision to leave your house and battle the cold weather and thousands of people to check out Vivid, good on you! We’re here to help you to make the most of it and get the best possible photos of the lights. Simply follow the below steps and you’ll go home with a grin on your face and a tonne of photos to share with your friends.

Use a tripod

The key to the perfect photo of Vivid’s light show is a steady camera. Invest in a tall tripod and get in super early or super late to secure your spot on the banks of Sydney Harbour.

Adjust your aperture

Narrow your depth of field to capture the stunning details of the lights. Somewhere between f/11 and f/22 will create a vibrant starburst effect.

Set your shutter speed

If your aim is to get super sharp images, then make sure you use a fast shutter speed. For those who are feeling creative and want to capture the elegant movement of the boats on the harbour, be sure to slow your shutter speed to 10 seconds or more.

Be patient

The city will be jam-packed with tourists and Sydney-siders wanting to get a good view of the lights. Be patient and take your time to capture it all. This simple instruction will guarantee you stunning photos.

Have fun

Photography is about having fun and being creative. Experiment and test different shots by adjusting your shutter speed and increasing your ISO.

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