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Sometimes when you’re trying to take a photo, there’s just not enough “available light”, natural or otherwise, and your camera’s flash kicks in. Using flash to fill the available light deficit works well enough during the day. At night, however, it’s a bit trickier, since a flash will only provide light to objects in the immediate foreground, and a much longer, slower shutter speed is required to capture images.

The solution is to carry along either a good-quality monopod or tripod. They’re fairly compact, lightweight and strong enough to mount your camera on for a shot with an exposure time ranging from seconds to minutes. A tripod is also ideal if you’d like to take a picture using the self-timer feature on your camera. If you’re looking for a smaller, cheaper solution, try a Gorillapod or similar product with articulated, bendable legs that can wrap around a railing, signpost or tree. Even carrying a small beanbag with your camera is a makeshift solution—you’ll be able to rest and position your digital camera in a variety of ways.