News is a 24/7 business. For News photographers working the night shift can have many challenges. Darkness being the obvious. But with the technology integrated in our professional grade cameras, you can almost see at night. Going into high crime areas of town, is another challenge they face. Experience is really important so you don't find yourself in a situation that would place you in harms way.
Gino Arias has been working the night shift for several years, mostly in the Inland Empire or Orange county area. Gino finds that working at night has its upsides. He can work out in the mornings and what is better than being able to take care of personal business when everyone else is at work. Not having to deal with morning rush hour traffic is also a big benefit but… "Night shift gives us very limited hours with lots of afternoon traffic. With editing deadlines of 10 pm, we must be able to make changes quickly. When we are sent to breaking News stories, we must be able to move locations quickly from city to city, sometimes counties. No excuses for not making your live shot. We just have to get it done and we do it every night. I'm glad to be part of the team that brings you the News every night. I like the energy."
So, when you see an camera lighting up the scene in your neighborhood, try to appreciate that they've probably been all over town in the last few hours and are extremely busy at that particular moment. If they don't respond to your "hello" its probably because they have a producer or assignment desk person on the line asking why they haven't seen a picture and screaming " Where's the reporter???" It's a fun job and no matter what time of day or night it is, it's exciting to be a part of.