I had a special request from someone in my photography group to make a night photography tutorial. Night photography could mean so much, but I want to outline the basics you need. Learn to shoot the darkness.
Things you don’t need:
Things you need:
Ability to change shutter speed
You say I don’t need all this gear, why do people use tripod and shutter releases, then?
Because it’s easier and more flexible. Or because they like buying gear (gear acquisition syndrome) and think more + money = better. I use a tripod and a shutter release because I know what sort of image I’d like to make and I need these two things to do it, (different angles, avoiding tall grass in the foreground etc).
But you don’t NEED them. A tripod elevates and keeps the camera still (you could use a wall) and the shutter release opens the shutter without your hands moving the camera (self timer will allow you to do that, too). The only thing you can’t do is bulb mode (shutter is open as long as you press down the shutter button), this means you can expose longer than the traditional 30-second limit built into cameras. Some shutter releases (intervalometers) can be programmed to expose for a certain length of time (say if you want 2 mins 43 seconds), which can be a little handier for exact exposures.
Because it's increasing the electrical charge across the sensor. The electrical charge generates heat and is picked up by the sensor more easily, introducing interference. Bonus points to any nerds that wanted to learn this bit!