Whether you are obsessed with shooting star trails or this is your first time, one thing you should never ignore is the safety of yourself and your gear when you are out there. I have shot many star trails and spent many nights at locations which are remote and away from the city. For better results, you have to choose dark skies. Moonless nights are preferable and it can get really dark out there during moonless nights. To ensure you have a great experience and you enjoy every process of shooting star trails Just take care of these simple safety tips for
star trail photography
when you are planning to go out there.
Shooting star trails is on the bucket list of every photographer and I believe it should be. Not only you can create stunning images but also experience an awesome time under the stars. Many photographers who like the outdoors are addictive to star trail photography. In fact, once you start getting your images right, you can get pretty much unstoppable. Here is the list of a few safety tips for star trail photography you can consider.
Safety tips for star trail photography
Safety tip 1
The first thing to consider is to reach your location before dark. That way you will have time to get accustomed to the location you will be shooting at. This will also help you in scouting for the best composition for your image. You are going to spend quite a few hours at this location during the night time so make sure you are well informed about your surroundings. It is always good to know the sunset, sunrise and moonset and moon rise timings. you can check this will applications like time & date. Also, you can research about the weather before you choose a location for star trail photography.
Safety tip 2
Inform someone that you are going to stay there during the night. Not only you should inform your friends and family about your location, you should also inform the nearest local people around. Again, you will be able to do this, if you reach before dark. When I plan for a star trail shoot, I try to get connected with someone in the nearby vicinity. I ask for help in scouting the exact location. I make friends with the locals and sometimes ask them to accompany me for the shoot. Surprisingly, you will find many willing and helpful friends all over if you seek help.
To inform your family and friends, you can send your map location to them via mobile. Sometimes there will be weak connectivity at the exact location, you can share your whereabouts as and when you get to the nearest connectivity zone.
Safety tip 3
The next in
safety tips for star trail photography
or night photography, in general, is to tag a friend along with you. You can ask someone to tag along with you for the star trail shoot. If you have friends who are also into photography, they will never say no. For someone who is not into photography, you can promise an adventurous night out. The thing is you will feel safe if you have someone to hang out with during your star trail shoot. Also, there is plenty of time in between shots while the camera is doing its work. It is better to have someone to talk to. If you have a photographer friend along with you, you will surely have the most constructive conversation about photography during this time.
Safety tip 4
Another very important in safety tips for star trail photography is to carry the right accessories for star trails and also for your safety. Carry a tent with you. It will serve two purposes. You can use it in your foreground if you desire and you can stay in it while the camera is shooting. After you finish your shoot, you may need to spend the rest of the night in your tent rather than driving back home at odd hours. Don’t forget the tent light. A lit tent serves well as a foreground than an unlit one.
Other accessories you might want to consider are a sleeping bag, a head torch and an extra mobile phone. A head torch will be the best during night photography as it will leave your hands free to take care of other important work. Carry a flint to make fire or something else to star fire with. You may want to light a bonfire in the night. Carry cloth to clean your lenses and also your camera. Night time may be sometimes subject to dew. Keep a cloth ready to clean your gear from time to time. Last but not the least, get into a good pair of shoes and carry some warm clothes. Some coffee sticks and hot water in a thermos will be a good idea.
Safety tip 5
Do not make a lot of noise while you spend your time at a remote place in the dark. Let’s admit, it’s not an outdoor party and you probably will be at locations rarely visited by very few people. The quieter you get your job done, the better results you will have. Quite frankly, you will not be there to play and enjoy loud music; rather you don’t want to attract much attention and get your job done to your satisfaction.
Safety tip 6
This last tip is for your safety as well as for the safety of the environment. Do not litter the place with your belongings. Leave no trace of yourself when are done with your work. Remember; you are safe only when the environment is safe.