How to Take Night Photos With a Nikon D60

By Quinten Plummer

Dimly lit scenes require cameras to use a slower shutter speed than shots with ample light. The slower exposure time allows more light to pass through the shutter. And if you own the Nikon D60 and would like to take photos at night, standard shooting modes won't cut it. Thankfully, the D60 offers both a manual and automatic method for taking photos in low light.

Point and Shoot Night Shots

Step 1

Place your D60 on a tripod. Open up the legs of the tripod, then lock them into place. Screw the D60's tripod socket, located at the bottom of the camera, onto the tripod's mounting screw.

Step 2

Power on the D60. Tilt the camera's "Power" switch to the right.

Step 3

Turn the camera's "Mode" dial to its "Night Portrait" setting. Align the dial's "star and silhouette" icon with the dial's marker. The "Mode" dial is located next to the shutter.

Step 4

Line up your shot in the D60's viewfinder, then press the "Shutter" button to take your shot.

Manual Night Shots

Step 1

Mount your D60 onto a tripod. Expand your tripod's legs and lock them into place. Screw the D60's tripod socket onto the tripod's mounting screw.

Step 2

Switch on the D60's power. Slide the "Power" switch to the right.

Step 3

Set the "Mode" dial to the "Manual" position; align the "M" icon with the dial's marker. Find the "Mode" dial situated next to the "Shutter" button.

Step 4

Turn the "Command" dial until "Bulb" appears on the D60's display. The "Command" dial is located to the right of the viewfinder's eyepiece.

Step 5

Line up your shot in the camera's viewfinder. Press the "Shutter" button to take the shot.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you don't have a tripod, sit the D60 on a surface that's both level and stable. Because night shots require more exposure time than daytime shots, take extra care to ensure that the camera is stable while shooting.
  • Reference your tripod's level to ensure that the tripod is on a level surface.
  • When the camera is in "Manual" mode, exposure time will depend on the amount of time your hold down the shutter. If your pictures come out too dark, try holding down the shutter a little longer.

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