How To Photograph Stars

March 23, 2016

 

 

Photographing the night sky is always tricky buisness. But for beginners it can be brought to four key points or tips to help you achieve your image.  

 

Location:

This is key for photographing the night sky. The further you can travel to escape light pullution the better, but a little light won't hurt you and can even add some character to your shot.  

 

Tripod:

You will need a steady tripod that you can depend on. Without one this shot would be impossible since your shutter must be open for 30 seconds. 

 

Lens:

Aperture: 2.8   Shutter: 30"   ISO: 1250   You will need a lens that can open to a minumum of 2.8. You will also need to turn off auto focus and manually focus the lens to infinity. However if you look through your view finder you won't be able to see anything. This ISO is high but is extremely necessary to draw the light from stars quickly.

 

Test Shots: 

Since you will not be able to see anything through your view finder you will need to take some test shots to make sure you have aquired the angle that you wish and that your tripod is truly steady. If you have a shutter remote this would be the perfect time to use it or even a timer to prevent any shaking from pressing the shutter.

 

 

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