06/01/08 181 W, 1 I - + 12 - 11 Secrets of Night Photography

When shooting at night, light is almost always a problem. But light towers and halogens help tremendously, especially with a camera capable of 1600 ISO (or higher). Motion is the next problem, both camera and subject. Lock your arms, and press the camera hard against your face. Tripods or monopods work as well, but they can encumber a person in a situation where ease of movement is essential. But still subjects? Crews stay in motion at a fire, even when they're idle. They're conditioned to be conscious of "standing around." Chief officers are considerably more stationary, and they conveniently wear brighter apparel. Non-animated objects are also easy to shoot, such as apparatus, equipment, or, say, a big fat supply line. Thus the reason night fires by Legeros have fewer personnel pictures than you may expect. Even after hundreds of shot, so many are blurry and get deleted. But what about using a flash, you ask? No thanks. Ambient light is preferred. Too many reflective surfaces, too much contrast with a flash. Memo to self: investigate effective flash use.

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