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 D7100. On the Canon side, the EOS 7D is highly recommended, but any of the full frame cameras they make do a very good job.

Lens: By far, most people like the Tokina 11-16mm (Nikon) Tokina 11-16mm (Canon) or the Tokina 16-28mm wide-angle f/2.8 lenses. I use these myself often. Using a wide-angle lens with an aperture of 2.8 or wider is needed. The Sigma 14mm and 20mm Art series lens has an aperture of f/1.4 & high very highly rated for night photography, but cost more. Continue reading “Equipment For Night Photography”

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. Continue reading “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. Continue reading “Avoiding Star Trails: The 500 Rule”

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 ∞ infinity or learn how to manually focus at night where you will get a crisp image.

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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. Continue reading “How To Photograph Lightning At Night”

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

Continue reading “How to Photograph the Moon”

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

* If photo is still too dark, increase exposure time or increase ISO to 3200 Continue reading “How To Photograph The Northern Lights”

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. Continue reading “How To Photograph Star Trails”

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 30 seconds. ISO depends on how good your camera is at reducing noise. Experiment with your equipment to see which is best. Most kit lenses only reach f/3.5 aperture in which case shoot 30 seconds at 3200 and zoom out. Continue reading “Photographing The Milky Way For Beginners”

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. Continue reading “Tips For Manually Focusing At Night”