In this blog, I am going to be covering some point-form basics of what you need to do and what keep in mind when attempting to photograph the night sky.
Thinks to keep in mind:
- Phase of the moon (the darker the night sky the better)
- What time the moon is rising/setting (as above)
- Cloud cover
- Ambient light (avoid areas where light pollution may be a hindrance)
- Direction you want to shoot (as above)
- Manual mode: Allows full control
- Shutter speed: 20 -25 sec, on the camera it will look like this 20’’
- ISO: Anything between 1600 – 3200 Depending on equipment setup
- Aperture: As low as possible for example 2.8 to allow more light intake.
- Manual focus
- Live view: Helps with focus and composition
- Remember to put ISO noise reduction ON
Some Helpful tips:
- Use live view and zoom in 10x on the brightest star to find sharp focus.
- Boost ISO to 12800 with a shutterspeed of 6’’ for a quick and easy way to find best composition
- Use portrait to include as much of the sky as possible
- Always try to compose the image with some sort of landmark to give the image perspective
- Find celestial south(not essential)
- Use high ISO and short Shutter speed to compose
- Look for landmarks to include in the image
- ISO 100
- Leave shutter open for between 30 – 40 minutes
- Alternative is to use starstax app
I hope you find the above useful and are able to get out there and put your new skillset to the test!
Until next time,