Do you know that you can't take a great night photograph if you are not prepared for it? To get the best result when you are working at night, you need to take the time to ensure you have all the tools needed to get the job done well.
In fact, for most professional photographers, the secret of their success with night photography lies in their preparation. These people understood the importance of adequate preparation and they take their time to ensure they have all they need even before the night comes.
In this article, you will learn about some important equipment you will need for your night photography. You may not need all of them at once. However, it is always a good idea to know your choices and then narrow down your needs. Read this article carefully before you proceed
Top Equipment You Need For Your Night Photography
1. The Right Type of Camera
There is no need to mention you need a camera for your night photography. Even the dumbest fellow on earth knows that. However, you don't just need any type of camera. This is why newbie photographers make mistakes.
You will need a camera that gives you:
- The right amount of control
- A camera that can capture RAW
- A camera with manual controls
- A camera with bulb mode
- A camera that performs well in low-light.
Once you've confirmed that your camera is capable of all the above, then you have the right camera for the job.
2. A Flashlight
Since you are going to be working at night, you will need to ensure you have a flashlight to help you with the camera's control.
A flashlight can be useful also when you want to inspect your environment at night. That said, I will recommend you get familiar with your camera's controls as well as visit your location during the daytime. This will help you get familiar with the location.
Put your flashlight where you can easily access it. Don't put it at the bottom of your bag; you will need it to get things out from your bag.
3. Extra Batteries
You don't want a situation where you are forced to come back home because your batteries got drained. The long exposures that are inherent in night photography cause the camera battery to drain real quick.
Moreover, you are most likely to be shooting using Live View which will further cause your batteries to drain even faster. Again, if the weather is very cold, your battery power will be further limited. As a matter of fact, you need to go with spare batteries. Make sure you put them in a space where water can't touch them. I will recommend packing at least two fully-charged extra batteries.
You already know that you need a tripod for your long exposures. A tripod will help you keep your camera steady and avoid blurs that are caused by camera shake.
Fortunately, tripods are not expensive. However, I will recommend you invest in those high-end, large, carbon-fiber tripods. This type of tripod is necessary to keep your camera as steady as possible. Before packing your tripod, test it especially if it is your first time using such tripod.
You need to make sure it is working. Moreover, testing it before going to your location will help you set it up faster while on the location.
5. Remote Shutter Release
To make sure you completely eliminate camera shake, it is a good idea to invest in remote shutter release. This way, you won't have to touch the camera when you press the shutter button to avoid introducing a shake.
Just like tripods, you don't need to spend lots of money to get a good remote shutter release. If you are not looking for Canon or Nikon models, there are some really affordable remote shutter releases you can get that works pretty good.
6. Lens Hood
When shooting at night, you will most likely experience light coming from different directions. When the light hit the front lens element from the side, it can cause unwanted lens flare. With a lens hood, you will be able to limit this problem.
Not every lens comes with a hood. You can always order for a hood from the manufacturer if your lens doesn't come with a hood. Fortunately, you can easily carry them around. Note that lens hood can also protect your lens when you mistakenly drop the lens or bump into an object.
7. Wide Angle Lens
Wide Angle Lens works best for night photography. If you are choosing a lens, make sure you choose the one with a large maximum aperture. This ensures you can let in more light by using an open aperture such as f/2.8.
8. Natural Night Filter
With the natural light filter, you can be able to reduce the amount of light pollution. This filter is designed to give you a crisp image.
9. Extra Layers of Clothes and Good Boot
Depending on the weather condition, you will need an extra layer of clothes and good boot to keep yourself comfortable while on the location. If you are cold, you cannot concentrate on what you are doing which will lead to poor results. Carry items to make yourself comfortable such as bottled water and maybe a snack.
Obviously, you need your smartphone for a lot of reasons. A Smartphone is such a useful item. You can easily surf for information online when you are in a location with your smartphone. You can also use your apps to do other photography-related works on the field. Moreover, you can use it as a timer and