Shooting with Friends
Night photography doesn't need to be a solo adventure. I'm here with my friend, Matt Hill. And we've been shooting together for a long time now.
Yeah, we have.
And its, I tell you back in the day, night photography used to be a very sort of solo, arcane, no one was sharing their spaces, you know in the film days, there was no way to share online. You know, basically, you take your pictures, have a show, and people would be like, "Where is that?", and maybe someone would tell you. But it wasn't the sort of sharing and camaraderie-ship that you get out of it. And I think that night photography has changed exponentially, since what it used to be. And that's why there's so many more people doing it, because who wants to be alone in the dark? Right? We want to share a few of those tips, or benefits that you can get when shooting with a friend. First off, of course, is safety. You never know what you're going to encounter at night, so it's better to have someone there to be with you for ...
safety reasons. I think both of our wives, also really appreciate it. That we're not out on our own, and that we're together, and we are in contact, you know when we're coming home and etcetera. But that we're together and having fun.
There's also that, you can go to one location, and get multiple different takes and interpretations on it. Often times, Matt will set up, and I might be shooting this way, we're looking this way, and you're looking ...
That a way.
That a way. So cause we don't want to, as photographers we don't want to take the same shot. We wanna kind of challenge ourselves. To see the location and find a different or new interpretation. Hey, Matt, do you have one of the benefits, that you've gotten out of shooting together?
Yeah, especially with you buddy.
(laughs) What's that?
Well, every time I bring my MM-7, I forget the battery, or it's dead. And who has a battery?
I always bring extra batteries.
When you shoot with similar cameras, you can share resources.
Right, lenses. I was using your lenses the other night, so again sharing equipment, of course if you shoot the same. And to share in the adventure. You know, we just did a road trip through Utah, and it was wonderful. We hit three or four National Parks. And what's been great, I think out of this whole friendship that started, just by knowing , we knew, that we both liked night photography, then we started shooting together, and now, we teach workshops together.
That's true. It's a beautiful thing.
So, let's keep on clicking.