One of the key tools in night photography is a tripod. With a tripod, you can take long exposures, getting good results in very dark circumstances with almost any camera.
What Kind of Tripod Do I Need?
Tripods come in many sizes, shapes and costs.
For Documentary Night Photography, you’ll just need a basic tripod – aluminum, pan & tilt head, collapsible legs. If you have a big camera, make sure the tripod can handle the weight.
A basic tripod can be had for $25-$50. Check B&H Photo online or visit Southeastern Camera or Peace Camera in Raleigh. I shudder to mention it, but you can probably get a tripod at Target or Best Buy.
SmartPhone Tripod Clip
If you’re planning to use your smartphone for night photography, get a clip to attach the phone to your tripod.
You can spend good money on a tripod if you are so inclined – from $100 up to $1500.
Features of high-end tripods include:
- Light-weight carbon fiber tubing
- Geared heads
- Heavier load capacities
Decide what you need and pick the tripod that’s best for you.