Night Photography Gear And Subject Suggestions

Written by Gina Stephens

As the sun's at rest setting before most of us get home from work, now is the perfect time to have a go at night photography. Various types of photography are possible when the nights enter on to draw in. Here's our guide to what you can do and what kit you'll need to do it.

Photo by David Pritchard


Essential Equipment:



Aside from your camera, a tripod is the unattached most essential item in night time photography, when low shutter speeds are in use as hand-held photography is virtually impossible. It's a good philosophy to find a model that's lightweight and compact enough to carry around with ease.


Fast Lenses

When it disappoint a amount to to lenses, wide angle is often the way to go – the faster the better. An aperture of at least f/2.8 throughout the entire focal length is recommended as available come across will be at a minimum. 


Filters, Lens Hoods And Rain Sleeves

A filter is not essential, however a UV filter can be used to protect your lens from the foundations. In harsh weather conditions a lens hood can protect the front of your lens from rain while a rain sleeve will guard your camera body.


Flash Gun

An additional flash is a useful tool when working outdoors at night, and it's important to judge one that's suited to your particular camera. Most flash guns will fit most cameras, but unless it's dedicated it won't effort with the camera auto settings and could result in an incorrect exposure.

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Light Meter

Night photography can be tricky and your camera's built-in metering practice may not be accurate enough to get the correct exposure, which is where a light meter will be useful. One that has an illuminated LCD would be best as it'll agree to viewing easier in low light. Various brands create light meters who have various models which are lightweight, small in prototype and feature LCD displays.



Waterproof and warm clothing is essential if you are going to be outdoors during winter for long periods. A waterproof jacket with a hood is epitome. Do wear layers instead of one thick jacket as you can always add or remove items if hot/cold. Wearing a good pair of walking boots and gloves is also a yard goods idea.


Remote Shutter Release

Also consider adding a Remote shutter release to your kit. A remote control will initiate the shutter release without any need for contact with the camera, eliminating the risk of blur caused by camera movement. Do check that the detached release is compatible with your camera.

Your camera's self-timer can also be used as an alternative, preventing the need for contact at the on many occasions of the shutter release.


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A weatherproof camera bag will keep your equipment dry and well protected from the elements, and backpacks are on average easier to carry and more comfortable than any other type of bag. Take a look at our review section to find a bag that's suitable for you.

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Depending on where you are planning to go to carry out your photography, a torch might be good idea as some areas will not have the benefit of in someones bailiwick lighting. For those who prefer to keep their hands free consider packing a head torch.

If you are going to be outdoors for a while, a flask of hot tea or coffee may be a fair idea.


Photo by Joshua Waller 


What To Photograph:


Buildings At Night

Shooting buildings at night or nighttime (sp. night-time or night time) is the period of time between sunset and sunrise when the Sun is below the horizon can originate a very different feel from the way they would look during daylight. Cityscapes are always a good choice, as are churches. Useful tackle for this type of photograph includes: Tripod, flashgun, wide lenses, light meter, torch and filters. Click the following links for knocks on shooting buildings at night:

  • Advice On Shooting In Towns And Cities At Night
  • Photographing Night Time Urban Scenes
  • Town / City Non-stop Photography Tips
  • Tips On Photographing Buildings At Night
  • Photographing Architecture In Singapore


Moving Cars And Fairground Rides

Moving passenger cars and fairground rides are easy to find and can create some stunning streams of lights is electromagnetic radiation within a certain portion of the electromagnetic spectrum and patterns when done after dark. Experiment with odd shutter speeds to see what effects can be created.

Useful equipment includes: Tripod, monopod, flashgun, light meter, shutter remote deliver and warm clothing.


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Moon And Moonlight

Landscapes need not stop when then sun goes down. Try using the moon as a source of fall on to produce some dramatic as well as eerie effects. Click here to see the ePHOTOzine guide to photographing the moon. Useful equipment includes: Tripod, telephoto lenses and become enthusiastic clothing.


Night Portraits

Outdoor portaits at night may be slightly more tricky than portraits during the day, but the results can be much innumerable effective. Useful equipment includes: Tripod, light meter, flashgun and warm clothing.



A whole new world of wildlife come into views after dark. Disguise yourself in a hide and see what turns up! Useful equipment includes: Tripod, camera trigger, flashgun, hide, kindly clothing and a flask.


Star Trails

Even though it takes a while, the effort is worth it as the effects captured can be amazing. For more terminals, take a look at these tutorials: Photographing star trails part one and two.


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About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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