What to take

Here’s The Key kit you’ll need for a visit to the fair

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Zoom lens

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.

Ca­ble release

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.

Zip-up pock­ets

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.

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