ESSENTIAL EQUIPMENT FOR A NIGHT SHOOT
All Nikon D-SLRs allow you to take the long exposures of 30 seconds or longer that night photography typically requires, but make sure you pack an extra, fully-charged battery or two.
‘Fast’ lenses (those with large maximum apertures in the region of f/1.4 to f/2.8) are preferable, as you won’t have to push the ISO as high as you would with a slower lens. A wide-angle zoom will let you to capture a starscape in a single frame, while a long lens in the region of 300-600mm will give you the reach you need to shoot the moon.
Even the shortest exposures will be several seconds, so a sturdy tripod is vital. Set it up on solid ground and check that the legs and head are firmly locked down.
With the camera on a tripod you don’t want to nudge it by pressing the shutter release. A remote release – either a plug-in cord, a wireless version or one of Nikon’s dedicated smartphone apps – will ensure sharpness.
If you use a normal torch the bright light can affect your night vision after you switch off the torch – using a red filter over the light will remedy this.
From plotting the moon’s path with PhotoPills to triggering a compatible camera with SnapBridge, photography apps make a night shoot so much easier.