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5 Tips Surviving Your First Time Shooting at Night to Sunrise

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5 Tips Surviving Your First Time Shooting at Night to Sunrise

Karla

 

PICK A SPOT

When shooting at night, it is best to research a spot with minimal light prior to shooting. It will just make the process easier. I chose the Upper Geyser Basin where Old Faithful is located because it was a familiar area and wasn't pitch black (I'm a little scared of the dark). Going with a friend that has experience in shooting at night will make you feel more comfortable as well. 

CAMERA GEAR

Ensure that all camera gear (i.e. tripod) is with you. If you have a mirrorless camera like me, you know that the battery life is horrible. Charge those batteries and have back ups.

 
 

CAFFEINE & SNACKS

You'll get tired, sleepy and even cranky. I shot the milky way and northern lights at around 2am, then sunrise was at 5am. I found that snacks kept me awake. So, load up on that caffeine and snacks.

THE ESSENTIALS

It is freezing at night; especially if you decide to get some snooze in the car while waiting for sunrise. Layers is your best friend! A long scarf helps your face warm up and gloves definitely helps when you are shooting. Bring blankets for extra warmth too!

 
 

TRIAL & ERROR

A perfect shot is not done in one take. It's a lot of trial and error. Patience is also the key. Once you get the hang of the settings on your camera, you can play around and even use a flashlight to "paint" the foreground.