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astrophotography





Star photography is a type of astrophotography that has become increasingly popular. Capturing the perfect Milkyway, though, can be difficult. There are many different factors that you have to consider in order to get your desired result. This blog post will provide you with some helpful tips for shooting star photography and capturing amazing photos!





- Shoot in a dark location.

The darker the better! This will help to maximize the number of stars you can capture in your photo. The clear sky is also necessary. Cloud coverage can impede your visibility of the stars. Shooting in a dark location, gives you the best chance for success. Avoid light pollution. The light pollution can hinder your photograph. There are times that it can add to your creativity, but if you want that clean Milkyway look you are going to try and avoid the light pollution. Light pollution can come from neighboring cities or towns and it will look like a ball of light just below the horizon.





- Use a tripod.

A tripod is essential for astrophotography, as it will help to keep your camera steady and reduce blurriness. It is almost impossible to shoot stars handheld. You are going to want to invest in a good tripod. Cheaper tripods will break and you will find yourself buying a replacement. If you invest in a good tripod the first time, it will last many years and it is likely that you will never have to replace it again. The tripod will help you avoid blurry photos and keep your camera in focus while you adjust your composition. A good investment tripod is Gitzo, Manfroto or ProMediaGear.


- Set your exposure time accordingly.

If you want to photograph stars, you'll need to set your exposure time to at least 30 seconds and then adjust accordingly. You will find sometimes when the shutter is long you will see some star trails. However, if you're photographing the milky way, you may need an exposure time of up to several minutes. This may require some additional equipment that will follow the stars as they move through the sky. This will allow you to avoid star trails and photograph the Milkyway for several minutes.


- Use a Higher ISO setting.

For star photography, it's best to use a higher ISO setting (between 1600-2000). This may increase the noise depending on your camera capabilities, however, you will be able to use a shorter shutter and avoid star trails.


-Open your Aperture

Use a f/2.8 aperture to photograph your stars. This will allow more light to enter the camera and give you an opportunity to use faster shutter speeds. This will cut down and star trails and give you those round dots of stars instead of streaks of light. Some really good lenses to use are the Nikon or Canon 14-24mm or the 24-70mm f/2.8.


- Use a Higher ISO setting.

For star photography, it's best to use a higher ISO setting (between 1600-2000). This may increase the noise depending on your camera capabilities, however, you will be able to use a shorter shutter and avoid star trails.


- Focus on infinity.

In order to capture stars in your photo, you'll need to focus on infinity. This can be done by turning your focus ring all the way to the infinity mark (or beyond).- Use a wide aperture setting. A wide aperture setting will help to create a starburst effect in your photo.


- Experiment!

The best way to learn is through experimentation. Try out different settings and see what works best for you. With practice, you'll be able to capture amazing photos of the night sky!


That's it for now! Be sure to experiment with these tips and see what works best for you. Star photography can be challenging but ultimately rewarding. I hope these tips help you take some stunning astrophotos! Happy shooting!