Creating Great Night Photos and the Supplies You Need

When you go out to photograph at night, you really will need to completely think through the type of night images you plan to make. Most of the time, I go out prepared for many different situations and that means I bring lots of stuff with me. These are the supplies I bring with me.

My goal is to make beautiful, memorable images and that is what I love to do. But sometimes you need a few tools and some imagination.

This image requires a low power white light flashlight and some colored gels. I set my camera to ISO 100 at F6.7 and then proceeded to painting with light each window, one at a time, until I found the proper balance of time, temperature and intensity. It took several attempts to get it right, but when I did, I was thrilled with the results!

Keeping it Simple

Sometimes all you need is low power flashlight and some patience.

I make this image outside of a little town called Terlingua, TX late one night and loved the way it came out. I waited for the moon to go down, did my test exposures and then set up to make this simple image.

Yet, it required a steady hand for even lighting that didn’t splash outside the phone booth. Well, maybe a little…

See All The Supplies I Use HERE

At another time in another place, while traveling through Greenland, I found this abandoned ship, and I loved both the composition and the moon before it dropped out of the image.

As dark as it was, I had to be careful because over-lighting this was too easy, it required many tests to get the exact level of illumination without looking manipulated. I am happy with the way it came out.

I always so thrilled to be out and making photos that night, I don’t even feel tired! Give it a try, go out and have a sleepless, fun night making some great photographs! Just make sure you are prepared with the right tools and the right clothes!

To see everything in my night photography kit, CLICK HERE! 

See you out there…