As night photographers, we have different needs than other photographers. While we already have many gift suggestions on Photofocuswe night photographers should have a gift guide too!
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VELCRO branded tape
$13.88; available through Amazon
This velcro is a velcro that sticks to most smooth surfaces and lasts a long time. Why would a night photographer need this?
Well, because you already have that handy stand called a tripod. Why not attach things to it? I attach my intervalometers to a tripod leg. For those of you who use lens warmers to stop dew, you can also attach the USB power bank to tripod legs. practical stuff. Velcro is so important that I wrote about it in one of five tips night photographers should know.
Allstar ALL14147 Fluorescent Orange 2″ x 45′ Gaffer’s Tape
$22.78; available through Amazon
Here’s one every night photographer could use – Gaffer’s Tape. Yes. Gaffer’s tape. This all-purpose tape is used by gaffers in film and television production. The gaffer is the lead lighting technician and usually the lead electrician. You must use tape that is strong but leaves no residue. This is where we come in.
We can use it for all sorts of purposes, so it’s always great to have Gaffer’s Tape in your bag. Break something? Glue it together. If you break any part of your tripod, e.g. B. the ball head, you can attach your camera to the tripod with adhesive tape. Do you need to hold something in place e.g. B. a prop or a piece of equipment? Hang some dark garbage bags to let the sun shine in the window while you sleep until noon? Gaffer’s duct tape to the rescue. This wonder band is one of five tips every night photographer should know.
Aream Digital Timer Remote Shutter Trigger Intervalometer
$19.99; available through Amazon
This is a wired intervalometer. However, unlike most wired intervalometers, this one has detachable cables. As anyone who has used wired intervalometers knows, the connectors on the cables are usually what fails, not the device itself. If they fail, you can simply swap one cable for another and keep moving. Even better, these aream intervalometers can be used with Nikon, Canon (and Pentax, since they use the Canon sub-mini connector) and Sony by simply changing the cable!
BMK 200W Auto Power DC 12V to 110V AC Car Inverter with 4 USB Ports
$25.96; available through Amazon
Photographers have batteries. Certainly, night photographers often use more batteries than many others. Here we have a small charger that plugs into a cigarette lighter socket and powers battery chargers, phones and even laptops. Plus you can use anything with AC outlets (as long as it doesn’t draw more than 200W (sorry no toasters or hair dryers) as well as USB devices. Can’t beat the price. I tucked mine away in the center console.
Topaz Denoise AI
$79; available through Topaz
Night photographers are always looking for a good noise reduction software. Because noise is the enemy of night photography. Extremely low light combined with long exposure times and high ISO values in hot weather can lead to quite noisy photos. Enter Topaz Denoise AI. You can see how it works for yourself as I’ve written about it several times. Some Milky Way and astrophotography photos require you to be careful with the application. Small things have a big impact. Topaz DeNoise AI is the best noise reduction software I have ever used. And coming from a night photographer really says something.
Nik Collection 5 by DxO
$149; available through DxO
The Nik Collection has over 250 presets using U-Point technology for non-destructive editing for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom Classic. We all have our favourites. I personally love Detail Extractor, Tonal Contrast, Pro Contrast, all in Color Efex Pro Suite. Silver Efex Pro is the gold standard for black-to-white conversion and is probably worth the price of admission alone.
And Perspective Efex is amazing. The latter does things like keystoning and horizon issues. But it also has incredible tilt-shift blur that looks great. I wrote about DxO Nik Collection 4 here.
La Sportiva Men’s Makalu Mountaineering Shoe
$348.95; available through Amazon
It is not always easy to find hiking books with steel shafts, as most have strayed from this. But if you’re looking for a boot that’s comfortable for exploring deserted places at night, steel shanks can be a footsaver. I’ve stepped on a nail before, not expecting there to be protruding nails in a bus graveyard. The board stuck to my shoe but luckily it didn’t puncture my foot. I quickly put on my steel shaft boots.
The La Sportiva boot is expensive but comfortable. However, there are many work boots from Men’s G-Force or NORU Baika boots with steel shank soles.