‘Photography’ comes from the Greek, meaning ‘drawing with light’. And, the most important tool in the box is light. Strip the word down to basics, and you don’t even need a camera. But, you do need light.
So, what happens if there isn’t any? Well, you could put the camera away, and go and have a beer or something. But, if there’s even a glimmer of light around, you may be able to do something with it.
‘But’ I hear you chorus ‘Most cameras these days come with flash built in, so where’s the problem?’
Well, the flash has a limited range. It’s OK for close-up work, but not for something like a cityscape by night. Nevertheless, you still see flashes popping off, despite advice it’s about as much use as an ashtray on a motor-bike in most situations. When I visited Phillip Island to see the penguin parade, ALL photography was forbidden. The flash damages the penguins’ eyes, I was told … and most people don’t know how to disable it.
So, how to get around it? You need a long exposure, and for that, you need a steady hand, or a tripod. You don’t have to haul a bulky affair around with you, though. A mini-tripod, or a GorillaPod will usually fit into your bag. Failing that, a convenient wall or railing could be used to steady your camera.
When the sun has gone down, there’s still plenty of opportunity for photography after dark … but you still need a little light.
This week’s contribution to the Travel Theme. See more at https://wheresmybackpack.com/2016/11/05/travel-theme-dark/