Photography

Super Basic Night Sky Photography Tips

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Back in December 2017 I took some images of the Super Moon. Above is the image that I compiled from many images using Photoshop. I wanted to capture the beautiful sky and also the surface of the moon. Here a few things that I have learned about basic night sky photography:

  1. You need to learn how to use the manual mode.
  2. You need to wait for the right sky. Unlike the photo above, you should wait for a clear night.
  3. You need to invest in a tripod. You night sky pics will look more crisp without your camera bobbing around. I tried to prop it up on a railing and I still managed to move my camera.
  4. Use a low ISO like 100. I thought that I should use a high ISO because in darker rooms and evenings you are supposed to use a high ISO. But that doesn’t work for night shots, they would be far too grainy. Oops, I learned.
  5. Use your widest aperture for your camera lens.

Well, that’s the little bit that I know.

For a lot more info check out this blog post by David Morrow: How to Photograph the Night Sky.