As with any photography, you need to understand what your camera is capable of doing. Whether you have a point-and-shoot or a SLR, be sure to familiarize yourself with your camera. Four considerations to make for night photography:
- Flash - is there and on-board flash? Is there the capability for an add-on flash?
- Shutter and Aperture Control - does your camera allow you to control the shutter speed and the aperture settings or at least have a "nighttime" preset?
- Film Speed - can you set your preference of film speed?
- Shutter Release - do you have the option of a remote release button for the shutter or a self-timer?