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* Plan your photos before you shoot! While it is always a good idea to study an area first, this is crucial if you are planning on snapping photographs around dusk! You will not have much time to plan, and if you spend five or ten minutes just getting a perfect angle or framing perfect shot, overall lighting will change as sun slowly sets. And of course, remember when composing your photos that sun sets in west.
* Be prepared for environment. If you're heading out by yourself, especially in a semi-deserted wilderness area, always carry a map so you remember how to get to your home, camp, or hotel. Check weather before you go and wear a poncho or coat if necessary. Carry a flashlight, or, in most extreme environments, a flare, to help others find you if you become lost. Also, bring along a WELL-CHARGED cell phone in case of emergency! You're taking photos at night to have fun and create spectacular results. Be prepared for unexpected situations so they don't ruin your experience.
While results can be outstanding, night photography presents its own unique benefits and hazards. Not just any digital camera will do; lower-end models may not have capability of taking spectacular shots. Timing is crucial, especially when taking pictures in brief time between dusk and total darkness. And, environment and weather can play havoc with your plans. By purchasing correct equipment, studying subject area before nighttime falls, and dealing with unexpected situations with correct nighttime gear, you can be better prepared to take amazing nighttime photos.
Copyright 2004 Andrew Malek.
Andrew Malek is the owner of the MalekTips computer and technology help site at http://www.malektips.com. Visit his digital camera page at http://malektips.com/digital_cameras_help_and_tips.html for more digital photography advice.