Night Photography Tips–An Alarming Gear Suggestion

You might not think of an alarm clock as an essential piece of gear for night photographers. After all, we don’t have to get up early to shoot; we just have to stay out late. But you know how sleepy you can sometimes get when you stay up all night.

If you’re constantly on the move, no problem. But suppose you set up a star-trail shot and leave the camera running for two or three hours. I don’t know about you, but I would have a very difficult time staying awake for that long if I wasn’t doing anything. Besides, I’d want to grab as much sleep as I could while the star trails were recording. An alarm clock insures that I don’t grab too much sleep.

You can use a separate alarm, or the one in your phone or watch. Rather than run the battery down on my phone, I prefer a small travel alarm. Mine lasts for months on a set of batteries, has a larger display than a watch or my phone, and is easy to program. (I refuse even to try to set an alarm on a watch!)

If you’re like me, it’s a good idea to set an alarm anytime you will be inactive for more than 30 minutes or so.

Night Photography Tips is a nightly feature in which I give a quick tip for night photographers. It’s a way to share all the little things I do and think about in my night shooting, without boring you with my usual wordiness. If you have a tip you’d like to share, please email it to me and I might include it here, along with a link to your blog or website.

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