How to photograph the night sky — useful tips and examples

How to photograph the night sky - useful tips and examples

The starry sky has incredible beauty and attractiveness. Today you will learn how to photograph the night sky, and can see plenty of examples of such photography.

If you set a goal to get a good picture of the milky way or stars, the first thing you need to do to get away from the city. The fact that the city lights darkens the sky and gives us the opportunity to admire its beauty. If you are unable to leave the city, try to find to shoot as high as possible above sea level – climb to the highest roof. Ideal if you have nearby mountains, where the air is more rarefied and transparent.

How to photograph the night sky – useful tips and examples

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For shooting the night sky you will need a tripod and a camera with manual settings. Also take a flashlight, warm clothes and a thermos of hot tea. Night photography takes time and you can freeze and flashlight will be useful for highlighting objects in the frame or just in order not to break his neck, when choosing a place to shoot. If you want to photograph certain planets and stars, you need a sky map. With its help, you can easily find what and where.

Set the camera on a tripod so that it is not wavered by the wind and frame the night sky, the stars and the nearest objects in the frame. It is desirable to have a wide angle lens so you can capture more of the night sky and stars. Focusing is preferably carried out in manual mode MF that many cameras can’t focus in the dark (they just do not for that «catch»). Aperture value to expose as much as possible f11-15. An important aspect when shooting the night sky is the value of the white balance. So, if you want to get the blue sky you should set the white balance to «cooler» – 2850 Kelvin. The higher you set this value, the «warmer» will be your picture, meaning colors will shift into the yellow spectrum.

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Shooting the night sky, you need to set the exposure value for a period of 1 minute or more. You can open the aperture even for 30 minutes and you have the round lines – moving stars. While you may get a lot of «noise» in the picture. To reduce noise, set the ISO as low as possible (100 or 50).

Very useful when shooting the night sky is a camera which can shoot in continuous shooting mode. With it you can do a lot of clear shots with short exposures, which are subsequently glued to one.

Now you are familiar with the basic aspects of shooting the starry sky and in front of the most important thing – shooting. Practice and you will need to master!

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