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Shooting Photos of Night Time Creators

Updated: Jul 10, 2023


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Taking photos of nighttime wildlife can be a challenging yet rewarding experience for photographers. The dark environment, the elusive animals, and the need for special equipment all contribute to the difficulty of capturing these images. However, with some preparation and patience, it is possible to capture stunning and unique photos of nocturnal creatures in their natural habitat.


Here are some tips to help you take photos of nighttime wildlife:
  1. Research the animals you want to photograph: Before going out to take photos, do some research on the animals you want to capture. Learn about their behavior, habitats, and patterns of activity at night. This will help you understand where and when to find them, and how to approach them without disturbing their natural environment.

  2. Choose the right equipment: To take photos of nighttime wildlife, you will need a camera that is capable of capturing images in low light conditions. A camera with a high ISO range and a wide aperture lens can help you take clear and bright images. Additionally, consider using a tripod to stabilize your camera and prevent blurring.

  3. Use artificial lighting: Since it is dark outside, using artificial lighting can help illuminate the subject and create a more dynamic photo. A flash, an external light source, or a headlamp can all be useful in providing additional light. However, be careful not to disturb the animals or alter their behavior with your lighting.

  4. Be patient and quiet: Wildlife is most active at night, but it can take some time to find them. Be patient and wait quietly in the area where the animals are known to be active. Avoid making sudden movements or loud noises that may scare them away.

  5. Take safety precautions: Taking photos of night time wildlife can be risky. Make sure you are familiar with the area and take necessary precautions to avoid dangerous encounters with animals or other hazards.

  6. Edit your photos: Once you have taken your photos, edit them to bring out their full potential. Adjust the exposure, contrast, and color balance to enhance the details and create a visually stunning image.

While in Costa Rica I had the opportunity to do a jungle night hike and came across many night time creators, but the problem was getting the right shot. Either I couldn't get set up fast enough or the creators wouldn't stay still. So what I ended up doing was set up my tripod and camera to point at a specific leaf. Then I set up a flashlight to point on the underside of that leaf. I was then able to just sit there and wait. Turns out that light attracted all kinds of insects and those insects then attracted a Tree Frog (photo above).


Taking photos of night time wildlife requires preparation, patience, and the right equipment. With these tips in mind, you can capture stunning and unique images of nocturnal animals in their natural habitat. Remember to always prioritize the safety and well-being of the animals and their environment.


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