Essentials for Night Photography

They say that photography is more about the person operating the gear than the gear itself, and that is very true for the most part. However, it does not mean that you can get the same results with just a camera with its kit lens as you could get with specialized equipment for certain situations.

Night photography is one kind of photography that requires you to invest a little in some stuff to help you out. So if you want to take great-looking night photos, here are some essentials you might need to buy:

  1. A Tripod

A lot of night photography relies on long exposures, and long exposures rely on stability. Tripods provide this stability. You simply cannot take a great long exposure photo handheld, so a tripod comes in handy more than you’d think.

  1. A Fast Lens

Your camera’s kit lens can be very capable if used correctly, but chances are it has a narrower aperture than you could get with something a little pricier. The lower the aperture, the brighter your shots can be in low light. So if you plan to do a lot of handheld shooting, invest in a lens with a wide aperture.

  1. A Shutter Release

While it isn’t an essential item, a remote shutter release comes in handy if you want to take really long exposures. Capturing star trails, for example, require you to keep your camera’s shutter open for a very long time. For that purpose, a remote shutter release will help you out a great deal.


There are many more items, like lights, that you could get for night photography. But if you have these three items handy, chances are you’ll be able to capture some very pleasing night photos no matter the situation you’re in.