Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Night Photography Lens Test From Ron Brunsvold

Wanted to pass along this lens test from Ron Brunsvold. It will be of special interest to Canon shooters, but since Ron also tested lenses from Sigma, Tamron, and Rokinon, Dark Side (Nikon) shooters should take a look. I would assume that the lens characteristics are the same for both mounts. One thing I especially like Read more... you know you want to.

Friday, December 19th, 2014

How To Carry Gel Filters For Quick Selection And Access

Digital After Dark Flash Pack

Q: What does every piece of photo gear you own have in common? A: You gotta carry it in SOMETHING. (Yes, I know. This is a 2,300-word article about how to carry little colored pieces of plastic. At least I have accepted that I have a problem. Maybe now I can get some help. Anyone want to Read more... you know you want to.

Monday, November 24th, 2014

The Wonderful World Of Camera Flash, Flashlights, And Gel Filters

Light painted waterfall

You’re going to have to humor me with this one, folks. I tend to get a little carried away with gel filters. There’s something about all those colors that makes me all tingly inside. For those of you who just want the CliffsNotes version, here you go (Drew Eschbacher, this is for you): Gel filter make photo 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.

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Using The Nikon MC-36A And Canon TC-80N3 Intervalometers

If I made a list of the most confusing things a night photographer faces, using an intervalometer would have to be near the top. It’s among the most frequent questions I’m asked and each time I tell the person that I’m planning to write an article to help clear it up. Been saying that for Read more... you know you want to.

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Comprehensive Guide For Photographing Star Trails

Star Trails at PARI radio telescope

Some people consider star trail images to be cliché, but I happen to like well-done clichés. I don’t know what it is, but something about those light streaks captures my attention more than most night subjects. But while it’s ridiculously simple to make a star-trail photo, it’s not so easy to make a good one. Read more... you know you want to.

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Taking Night Photography Seriously

Red wine

Listen up, folks. Photography is a serious pursuit that you should always approach in a formal manner. With night photography, especially, there is no room for whimsy. Okay, if there’s anybody reading this who agrees with that statement, I need you to do me a favor. First, put down your camera. Second, go see if you Read more... you know you want to.

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

Update On Flashlights For Photographers—Two New Lights That Will Light Up Your World!

Click here for an updated flashlight comparison chart and priority-buying list. Back in February, I came out of the closet regarding my addiction to quality flashlights. It’s a constant struggle for me, and although I have it mostly under control, sometimes I just can’t help myself. If manufacturers would just stop making new models, it would Read more... you know you want to.

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

Choosing LED Flashlights For Light Painting Photography – Part Three

Light-painted waterfall

Note: This is an updated version of the Buyers Guide I posted in March, 2013. I’ve removed the Coast HP14, HP17, and PX45 from that recommendation and added the HP7R and HP314. In Part One, I talked about all the features a photographer should look for in a flashlight. If you haven’t read it, please do so Read more... you know you want to.

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

Dealing With Dew-Introducing The Digital After Dark® LensMuff™

LensMuff for dew prevention

What’s the most frustrating you have to deal with as a night photographer? If you’re like me, dew forming on your lens or telescope is near the top of the list. You spend a lot of tedious time making sure your composition is good, focus dead on, exposure settings right, intervalometer programmed correctly—on and on—only Read more... you know you want to.