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Tabitha Reports: Night Photography in 4 Tips

Practice your cave photography by starting with night photography. Night photography is a great way to work with a blank canvas. You won’t have whole lot going on at night so it makes it a little bit easier to work with; especially if your one for star photos. Before you start, remember long exposure shots will drain your battery faster, so always bring a backup battery. These four tips will help you get to know your camera better and get a feel for long exposure shots.
1. Setup times are best at dusk or dawn and the best times to start taking long exposure photos; aka “sweet lighting.”
2. Three factors affect the exposure: shutter speed, aperture and ISO. Put your camera setting from auto to manual. This gives you full control over all settings. Widen your aperture and slow down your shutter speed. Then, raise your ISO a bit but don’t go pass 800 ISO otherwise you will have a lot of grainy and noise in the background. 
3. To get a clear image, always use a tripod when shooting at night or anything long exposure.
4. Finally try these fun photo ideas to work on with long exposure:  Light trails, moon lighting, reflections, and stars.
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Carol Zokaites

Zokaites works at the Virgina Department Conservation & Recreation as an Education Coordinator. Her combined passions for caves and science education has led to 16 years of teaching about groundwater and the unique habitats found in karst terrain. With 40 years of caving experience Carol has surveyed miles of cave passage and participated in many bat hibernacula surveys. In 1993 she authored "Project Underground - A Natural Resource Guidebook" which offers insight and expert help for teaching children about caves (available at the NSS Bookstore). Besides this, she is a dedicated volunteer. She serves as the Karst Education Coordinator for Nature Serve, a non-profit organization of about 1,000 conservation professionals work to ensure that relevant and reliable science is driving important conservation action. She is also the Virginia Karst Education Coordinator of Project Underground a non-profit that serves economic and environmental justice by providing informational,…