What to take
Here’s The Key kit you’ll need for a visit to the fair
Travelling light is a good idea, especially if you intend to enjoy a few rides while you’re at the fair. A zoom lens will give you the flexibility to shoot both long and wide. If you have a super-wide angle, take that too, as you can often get very close to the action.
A tripod is essential for long exposures, allowing you to keep the camera still while the shutter stays open to record the patterns made by the moving neon lights. A ball head is useful as you can easily direct the camera straight up for the really tall rides.
Whenever you’re shooting long exposures you need to keep the camera as still as possible. Even pressing the shutter button can shake the body and ruin a shot. Use a cable release, set your self-timer or use your Nikon’s Exposure Delay Mode instead.
A Speedlight isn’t necessary if all you’re interested in are long exposures, but a flash is handy if you want to capture the characters at the fair. Your pop-up may not have the power to illuminate distant subjects at night, whereas a decent Speedlight will.
A garment with zip-up pockets should be on any fair-going thrill-seeker’s checklist, but even more so for photographers. If you go on a ride, secure your phone, keys and any loose memory cards. Fingerless gloves also come in handy on chilly winter nights.