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.
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.
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.