Getting Started with Nightscapes

Mia:

Very useful info. Will try this.

Originally posted on Photofocus:

Nikon D800, 14-24mm f/2.8 lens @14mm, f/2.8, 30 seconds, ISO 1600.
Nikon D800, 14-24mm f/2.8 lens @14mm, f/2.8, 30 seconds, ISO 1600.

Winter is the perfect time to practice nighttime photography. I took advantage of the long nights during my Christmas holiday to make some photographs with a friend who hadn’t done nighttime work before, and the tips I shared with her will help you get started making stunning star pictures, too. I don’t mean this to be a comprehensive tutorial on astro photography, but these tips will get you past the frustrations of shooting at night.

Most of the terms I mention are universal, but you may need to consult your camera’s manual for specifics on your model.

Bring the Right Tools
Plan on using a wide angle lens, something like 28mm or less. It’s a given, but it’ll be dark when you’re shooting, so bring a flashlight to see the camera controls; bring a red one if you have…

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