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 gear.

I’ve had mine for over 12 years and it feels like an old friend. No matter where I go in the U.S., I can push a button and get a continuous weather report directly from NOAA, which is where nearly all weather forecasts originate. It also gives alerts for potential dangerous weather.

Yes, my phone is loaded with weather apps just like everyone else’s, but the only one I use regularly is a radar app. That’s the only drawback of the weather radio; it can’t give you a radar view.

There are many models of weather radios available. Here is the one I have. It’s small, lightweight, and easy to use. Mine doesn’t have the cradle, but I don’t need that, anyway.

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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