Some of the best photographs in the world and history of photography are night photographs. Night photography is an exceptional branch of photography and one which demand your full attention all the time. If you are into learning night photography as an amateur or professional, you will have to pay close attention to the following basics.
Night photography is one of the hardest methods to master. However, the rewards are commensurate. People who specialize in this field usually are very high in demand, and the remuneration can be exemplary. Some of the basics you will need to take care of when you consider night photography as a hobby or profession are,
- Your safety – night photography means working at night. You may be anywhere in the middle of a dessert having those photographs of prowling lions, or on a deserted locale shooting some special event. You could be anywhere and work at night will always be one of the greatest challenges. You should be able to ensure your safety and work accordingly.
- Right exposure – even when you will find some amazing automated stuff in the market, (which almost function by themselves), these are good for nothing in exigent circumstances. Knowing to choose the right exposure is crucial during night photography. This is what will make the difference between good and bad photographs and your been congratulated or fired.
- The right use of the flash – often, the photographer will use the natural light of the night; he/she will work with an external flash only in situations where he/she cannot take a photograph in its natural reality. Of course, some of the automated machines can judge by themselves if flash can or cannot be used.
- Right equipment – the first and foremost is your camera, of course. Invest in a perfect camera and insist on a branded one so you will be sure of the quality. Do not ever compromise on your equipment because the outcome will suffer greatly. The combination of your experience and excellent apparatus is what will give the best results here. There are no exceptions to this rule. You have to work with the best possible.
- Right spares – anticipate any emergency and always have the required spares with you. You should never be found without filters, reel, batteries, charger, and a waterproof camera if working in or around water. Ensure that you are always ready so you will not suffer.
Once you have taken care of all these aspects, you will be surprised how easy it is to shoot the best photographs ever.