Essential Accessories For Successful Night Photography

Today’s article is dedicated to the must-have accessories for night photography. The night is indeed very feared by many photographers. It seems that it is something destined for a chosen and/or brave few, and it is a bit scary when taking photos, but it is simple ignorance and lack of practice.

Surely if you jump in, you will see that it is not so difficult that you just need to have some basic knowledge to get started in night photography and practice. The practice is essential, and what will show you that it is not so difficult, that with a little dedication, patience, trial, and error, in the end, everything is achieved.

It is also true that this type of photography has more technical requirements that require specific equipment, that is, a camera that can be used to photograph in Manual Mode and other specific accessories. This time it is not only with your camera, and that’s it. Some are essential to get spectacular night photos, others recommended, but we better see them one by one.

Goals

To try night photography and see if you like the subject or not, it can be useful with any lens you have; however, if you want to deepen this discipline, you will need a bright lens. Preferably wide-angle, unless the only thing you care about at night is the craters on the moon or capturing it at a giant size, which in that case, you will have no choice but to go for a telephoto lens of at least 300-400mm.

But if what attracts you are the landscapes bathed in stars, the abandoned and lonely places sheltered at night, photographing the Milky Way, the roads furrowed by rivers of lights, or the illuminated skylines of the most populated cities on the planet, no there is doubt that you need a wide-angle.

Tripod

It is one of the essential accessories in night photography. No. You won’t be able to take a night photograph without a tripod no matter how steady your pulse is. Night photography requires very long exposure times and is impossible to achieve freehand.

This is the best investment you can make if you are clear that the night traps you enough to spend hours in the open with the only company of the absolute silence, your team, and some unsuspecting person who is willing to accompany you for the love of photographic art ( or you).

What kind of tripod do you need for night photography?

The main characteristics that a good tripod should have for night photography are the following:

  • Stability. It is not about taking a self-portrait, but talking about long speeds, and any shake can spoil the final result.
  • Head. Ideally, it should be ball or three-axis, if you are looking for greater precision.
  • Legs. The better, the fewer sections because it is more stable and that they open independently.

Beyond the camera or the lens, the tripod is the accessory you should put the most care in when buying, where you should invest more time and money.

Tips For Nature Photography

Regardless of the type of nature photos, you take, here are some general tips:

  • Be respectful. Nature belongs to everyone; it is our home, take care of it, for you and everyone. Respect the environment and animals.
  • Study the species you want to photograph. Knowing the species will help you anticipate, know their schedules, behavior, etc., allowing you to get ahead and get better snapshots.
  • Analyze the place. In the same sense, studying the place you want to photograph will prevent you from having an accident and help you know the lighting, study the different angles from which to take the best shots, etc. It is also important to take into account the climate and meteorology of each place.
  • Be stealthy and silent. In addition to not disturbing the animals that maybe, you will prevent them from fleeing and leaving you without photographic possibilities.
  • Choose the best time, both for the light and for animal behavior. Some species are most active at dawn, others at noon, others more nocturnal, etc.
  • Plan your outings. So that nothing fails, plan outings to the maximum. Equipment, location, schedules, weather, type of photos you want to take …
  • Prepare the equipment well. You can always make a list or follow a workflow so that nothing fails.
  • Patience, your best ally.
  • Do not lack supplies in your backpack. Especially if you go beyond the park in front of your house or you are one of those who go to heaven when they have a camera in their hands, does that sound familiar?

How To Take Photos Of Flowers And Plants?

Flowers and plants are an excellent resource to get started in nature photography because of their beauty. Because of their accessibility, you can have them at home, in the park, or a nearby nursery, and because it does not require such specific equipment as in other disciplines.

How To Photograph Animals?

When it comes to portraying animals, we enter a very different terrain; plants do not move, animals do. And some very fast. Accessibility, not counting the photos of your pets, of course, is not the same either.

For wildlife, photography preparation is very important, especially for some species. Knowing their customs will help you. And taking another step when it comes to moving and telling stories with your wildlife photographs will make you a better photographer.

Where To Photograph Animals?

You can go to zoos to photograph animals. Some places go beyond the typical picture of the zoo to which we are used and from which many flee, with good reason.

It is very likely that when you think of wildlife photography, a safari comes to mind, and that is perfect, although it should not be an impediment for you to take wildlife photography while filling the piggy bank. Do it now!

Wildlife photography is also very wide; there are native species that you can photograph in your area. Or you may have a nearby animal conservation or protection center that you can also go to.