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Bring a tri­pod

Even the short­est ex­po­sures pos­si­ble at night will be sev­eral seconds, so a sturdy, strong tri­pod is an es­sen­tial ac­ces­sory for any night pho­tog­ra­phy. You should also make sure that the tri­pod is on solid ground to avoid any move­ment dur­ing the ex­po­sure. Check that all of the ad­just­ments to the legs and head are firmly locked down.

Add a re­mote

With the cam­era on a tri­pod you don’t want to move the cam­era or cause cam­era shake by press­ing the shut­ter re­lease, so you’ll need a re­mote re­lease to en­sure sharp images. This can be ei­ther a plug-in cord or a wire­less ver­sion, de­pend­ing on which is com­pat­i­ble with your cam­era.

Shine a light

It goes with­out say­ing that you should take a torch along with you to help you find your way, spot any ob­sta­cles and set up your tri­pod and cam­era. But if you use a nor­mal torch the bright light can af­fect your night vi­sion for some time after you switch off the light. Us­ing a red fil­ter over the light will help you to re­tain bet­ter night vi­sion, which is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant when chang­ing set­tings on the cam­era.

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