Equipment For Night Photography

Night Photography: Recommended Equipment Here is a list of recommended equipment you should have when doing night photography. Camera: Any DSLR will do. That said, a camera that can handle ISO up to 6400 without grain is recommended. The Nikon D810 is designed for night photography, but I have done well with my D610 and [...]
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How To Photograph Meteors

How To Photograph Meteor Showers By Chris Attrell This article explains how to photograph meteor showers. Each of the recommended settings below is a starting point from which you experiment with based on the moon phase, quality of equipment and light pollution. Basic Camera Settings (with a kit lens) ISO: 1,600 Exposure Time: 30 Seconds Aperture f/3.5 [...]
How To Photograph Meteors

Avoiding Star Trails: The 500 Rule

What is the 500 Rule? To avoid star trails in your night photography, you need to learn and apply the 500 rule. In the photographs below you can see a close-up example of what this means. The photo on the left has a bit of star trailing, while the photograph on the right does not. [...]
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How To Photograph Fireworks: Settings & Technique

This lesson will teach you basics on shooting fireworks with any DSLR camera. Basic Camera Settings Set your camera to manual mode (M). ISO: 200 F-Stop: F/11 Shutter Speed: 8 Seconds Open lens as wide as it will go (zoom out). Autofocus can work, but it would be much better to set your lens to [...]

How To Photograph Lightning At Night

How To Photograph Lightning At Night This article is for people new to lightning photography and is meant as a starting point. Once you have a bit of experience you should try new ways of shooting lightning, with different settings and creative ways to frame them. Basic Camera Settings Exposure Time: 10 seconds ISO: 100 - 200 Aperture: [...]
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How to Photograph the Moon

In this article, you will learn how to photograph the moon and what equipment is recommended. Basic Camera Settings Put your camera in Manual mode (M). F/Stop: f/11 Shutter speed: 1/200 ISO: 200 Preparation 1) Plan where you want to shoot. There are apps and websites that will tell you what time the moon will [...]
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How To Photograph The Northern Lights

How To Photograph The Northern Lights For Beginners This article will teach you some basic camera settings for shooting the northern lights, as well as give you some tips and more extensive techniques and ideas to deliver a fantastic photograph. Basic Camera Settings (with a kit lens) ISO: 1,600 Exposure Time: 6 -10 Seconds Exposure Aperture f/3.5 * [...]
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How To Photograph Star Trails

This article will teach you how to shoot star trails using any DSLR camera. There are really two ways this can be done; this article will cover both. Preparation To do star trails, you will need a DSLR camera, a tripod, and a shutter release cable or intervalometer. Using a wide angle lens is recommended, but the [...]
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Photographing The Milky Way For Beginners

How Anyone With A DSLR Can Photograph The Milky Way Recommended Camera Settings: Shoot in Manual (M) Shutter Speed: 10 - 30 Seconds Aperture: f/1.4 or f/2.8 ISO: 3200 or Higher White Balance: Incandescent or tungsten. If your lens can shoot as high as f/1.4 then shoot for 15 seconds. F/2.8 or lower shoot up to [...]
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Tips For Manually Focusing At Night

Learning to manually focus at night takes a bit of work. First of all, you will need to place your camera on a tripod. Then use some of the tips listed below to get focused properly. Place your camera on manual focus first. Many lenses mark where the infinity point is on your lens. If [...]
Manually Focusing At Night