I have horrible night vision. I have no problem telling you that. So when I am photographing at night I can barely see a few feet in front of me.
So how do I get around it?
When I know I will be photographing something at night I always pack one tool with me. A laser pointer.
With it I can put a bright dot on an object (my subject) in the distance. Then I can focus easily in pitch black, because my eye and the camera is seeing a point of contrast.
I recorded a video for The Arcanum talking about this, so I figured I’d share it here as well.
So next time you are in need of night vision assistance, grab a laser pointer and try that on for size. Just please keep them away from people’s eyes as it can cause permanent damage.
The photograph and the video were made at Oakland Valley Campground in Port Jervis, New York. The river is the Neversink River.
Thanks for reading and happy shooting,