Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Go With The Flow When Light Painting

If the siding on your house were vertical, would you paint it using horizontal strokes? No, of course not. You would follow the flow of whatever you were painting, or else you’d end up with a blotchy mess. It works the same with light painting when using a flashlight. Think of your flashlight as a Read more... you know you want to.

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Rain Pants On Clear Nights

You’re probably not going to do a lot of night photography when it’s raining, but if you’re out in nature on dewy night, you’ll feel like you have been. Slip on a pair of lightweight rain pants before you start wading through the vegetation and kneeling on the ground.

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Who Does This Scene Need?

Yesterday’s tip suggested shooting street scenes in summer because more people are outside. You wouldn’t want to shoot an outdoor café scene that didn’t have diners, would you? Think about how this applies to other subjects as well. If cafés need diners… Hiking trails need hikers Jogging paths need joggers Bars need drinkers Swings need swingers Fishing piers need fishers Campsites need Read more... you know you want to.

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Shoot Cityscapes In Winter

Cityscapes that don’t have illuminated buildings can look good, especially silhouetted structures with graphic lines, but typically you want to have a lot of lights on in a city landscape. Since you’re likely to shoot most cityscapes during twilight for the “blue hour” light, the best time for the lights is during winter evenings. It Read more... you know you want to.

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

This Week’s (And Month’s) Sky At A Glance

A great way for night photographers to stay informed about what’s going on in the night sky is by subscribing to my free Night Photography News eNewsletter. Subscribers receive a monthly calendar listing night-sky events that are suitable for photography. Another great resource is This Week’s Sky At A Glance from Sky & Telescope. You Read more... you know you want to.

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Night Photography Tips–Spacing Out

I spend many nights away from home and car while out photographing. As long as I’m on the move, all is well. However, even during summer, it can get chilly while I’m waiting for an hours-long star-trail sequences to complete and I can’t always pack enough warm clothing. One thing I can always pack, though, Read more... you know you want to.

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Night Photography Tips–Instant Campfires

I love photographing camp scenes at night, but rarely do I stumble upon a good one for photography. Most of my camp scenes are setups. For the campfires, I use fire logs, like the ones you get at the grocery store. Pile a few sticks on them and they look perfectly real. To light them, Read more... you know you want to.

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Night Photography Tips–Cheap Laminating For Cheat Sheets

Yesterday, I mentioned cheat sheets as a good way to keep up with how to use all of your devices. However, in the damp of the night, anything made of paper isn’t going to last very long. Some people laminate their most important charts and info sheets. I have a few small cards that are Read more... you know you want to.

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Night Photography Tips–Cheat Sheets

In this article about intervalometers, I suggested making cheat sheets for some of your gear. I think this is such an important thing, I’m going to repeat it. Here’s what I said: Every time I get a new piece of gear, I test it out thoroughly before taking it in the field. With electronic devices, I Read more... you know you want to.

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Night Photography Tips–Weather Radio For Planning Night Shoots

Here’s another one that you might think is little more than a throwback to pre-smart-phone days. With all the weather apps out there, why would you need a separate weather radio? Well, you might not need one, but if you ever try one, I suspect you’ll make it a regular part of your night photography Read more... you know you want to.