Photographs can capture a beautiful moment in time. If you were to compile a highlights reel of your life using images, there’s a high chance that you’ll feel a sense of nostalgia simply just looking at the pictures.
If you’re a trained pro or someone who’s really adept at the craft, then, you probably know that taking high definition photos is not an easy task. To the untrained eye, taking a photo of anything, from the night sky to a toaster, simply requires you to click on the shutter button.
In truth, photography, especially night sky photography is an intricate art form. Capturing the perfect shot of the night sky can be highly rewarding and fun.
Our review today is focused on sharing a couple of pointers so that you can up your night sky images game. Let’s get to it!
Having listed these top three items, it’s worth noting that you can still capture pictures of the sky without a tripod, without a fisheye lens and using cropped camera sensors. The only downside is the fact that you won’t be able to produce compelling imagery.
SkyGuide and Sky Map are great apps. While there are numerous other options in the market, these two just happen to be our favorites.
Using such apps gives you an advantage because you are able to get plenty of information about where the Milky Way is situated at different times. You’re also able to know just when the moon will appear in the night sky.
Having a great weather forecast and GPS tools can prove invaluable when exploring the night sky all alone.
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A wider focal distance on the lens is a great attribute. To avoid situations where the edges of your pictures seem to be “soft” and out of focus, you need to try to keep your focus on the main subject right at the center of the frame.
As you prepare to capture night sky images, you need to ensure that you’re manually set your camera to infinity focus.
Because visibility during the night time is not all that great, you may find yourself taking longer to get accustomed to the night sky. We recommend bringing along a red head-torch to prevent chances of ruining the vision. With that soft light, you can start your shooting expedition.
Always remember that your camera at ISO 1600 for 25 seconds is actually way more sensitive than your eyes. This means that you can reap the full rewards provided you direct the camera in the right direction. To get the best shot, ensure that you have the “High ISO Noise Reduction” and “Long Exposure Noise Reduction” settings turned on.
Taking pictures of the sky can be an arduous task. When contemplating how to photograph stars, always remember that patience is your greatest asset. A perfectly timed shot usually comes after plenty of work went into staging and preparation.
To find the right exposure length for your image, you’ll need to try a couple of times before you find the perfect shutter speed, aperture setting, and lens length.
Long exposures of more than 30 seconds can ruin your image. For crisp images, ensure that you perform a cable release. If you’re looking for some dynamism, you can always try out some black and white shots.
Before you go out in the night always dress warmly for the occasion. With a flashlight by your side, you’ll find it easy to tweak your camera in the dark. The more pictures of the sky you take, the more experienced you’re bound to become.
Capturing the Galactic Center (the brightest and most visible section of the Milky Way) requires plenty of effort. The same goes with capturing different constellations in the night sky. With great practice though, you can become a real photography guru. At AstroReality, we’re advocates of space exploration. Before you embark on that next night sky photoshoot, you can have a look at our impressive AR 3D portfolio for a dose of inspiration on which images to take. You can sample our Solar System Mini Set and enhance your mind’s eye vision.