In our previous blog, we went over our Jasper Dark Sky Festival photography adventure, during which we take participants to a world-renowned dark sky reserve in Alberta to learn about night photography and practice their skills with the gorgeous, untouched night sky of Jasper. This is the best way possible to learn how to successfully master nighttime photography because you have professional photographers at your disposal, as well as the best photography subject you could ask for. However, this photography tour doesn’t come around every day; therefore, in the meantime, here are some tips for making the most out of a night photography shoot.

Safety first

When it comes to night photography, there are a whole new set of factors to consider before going out on a shoot. Know where you are going before you set out for a night photo shoot, and be clear on the route to get there and back. Keep in mind that you will be driving at night, so be cautious about what roads you take. Additionally, be sure to watch your step when you’re out in the dark wilderness; to get a truly spectacular shot, you will have to go pretty far from civilization, and it may be extremely dark.

Know when tdark-sky-gallery-rvhe sun sets and the moon rises

This information will be helpful to you so you can get some shots of the sunset, as well as the moon rise. You can take some gorgeous photography by timing your shoot so you can get both of these celestial bodies in your shot. Additionally, you can use the light that lingers after the sunset to create an dynamic element to your photo.

Check the weather

This may seem obvious, but you would be surprised how often it happens that an enthusiastic photographer heads out to their remote location for their shoot, only to realize that cloud cover is preventing them from getting the shots they want. Additionally, you don’t want to have to end a shoot early because you aren’t dressed appropriately for the weather, so be sure to dress accordingly, and bring layers if necessary.

Don’t forget bug spray

During the summer months, standing out in nature in the middle of the night makes you a target for mosquitoes. Your photoshoot will go a lot smoother if you do yourself a favor and bring bug spray. This ensures you won’t be running for the car after ten minutes of shooting.

Never forget your tripod

A tripod is absolutely essential for nighttime photography. It’s common that you will have exposures for a whole second or even more when photographing at night. A tripod ensures that your camera doesn’t shake during these occasions, ruining the quality of your photographs.

Takes lots of shots

Especially with night photography, the key is taking a beautiful photo is to take many, many photos. Try different exposures to see what works. The more photos you take, the more likely you are to create some gems.

Review your photos

If you are working with a digital camera, take advantage of the fact that you can review your photos, and adjust your methods accordingly. Often times, however, even with digital cameras, you don’t really know what your photo looks like until you upload the files to your computer. Take the time to review every photo you took, and analyze what could have been done better. You may be surprised by what photos you thought were no good actually turn out to be one of your favorites.

As we said, to truly master nighttime photography, it’s necessary to learn from an experienced and knowledgeable instructor. What could be a more exciting way to learn than through a photography adventure with Canadian Photo Adventures? Contact us today!