A SIMPLE TOOL
I do a fair amount of photography in the dark: either actually at night, or more commonly, right before dawn or after dusk. As the darkening gloom is settling in around you or you’re waiting on the coming dawn, it’s always smart to remember to carry a flashlight.
I keep a small AA Maglite in the driver’s door of my car and stick it in my pocket when grabbing my gear for one of these sessions. As well as I think I know my camera equipment—and I can change lenses in the dark—it’s still a great idea to have that additional light source.
Sometimes it’s simply to help when fumbling to plug in a cable release, which on my current cameras, involves a plug that has to be lined up properly. It’s also really helpful when you want to check focus on something not too far away in the dark. I’ll simply shine the tightly-focused Maglite on the object and use that as a focus point.
Infinity focus on one of my current lenses is also not the the furthest-racked position of the lens barrel. It’s a bit back from that, and I know where it is, if I can see it. I’ll take the light and position it properly at that point before setting up the rest of my exposure.
So remember: for the photography in the dark and near-dark, bring that flashlight with you!
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