Best Tips for Astrophotography
Billions of stars decorate the sky during the night. Astrophotography is the art of photographing the beauty of the night sky. This includes photographing all kinds of astronomical objects and events like stars, planets, and even comets.
Getting that perfect Astro photograph can be tricky. In today’s blog post, we will be looking at some tips you can use to get the best photographs of the night sky. Also, as the majority of astrophotography is done during the night, our tips for shooting in low-light conditions also apply here.
1.Get away from light pollution.
The first thing you need to do is to get as far away from the city as possible. This is because light pollution from the city will make it virtually impossible for you to take a good shot of the night sky.
Head out to the countryside or the mountains, basically anyplace remote. Your goal should be a location with a minimal amount of light pollution, so your camera can get the best view of the night sky.
2.Try out different exposure times.
Different exposure times determine how your photographs turn out. Longer exposure times result in star trails. This is because of the rotation of the earth about its axis. So in the pictures, it looks as if the stars are moving and leaving behind trails.
Shorter exposure on the other hand reduces star trails. But the downside is you don’t capture enough light for a detailed photograph. So you have to balance both things put for the perfect picture.
3.Focus Focus Focus!
A simple tip when photographing the night sky in low light conditions is to use manual focus instead of autofocusing.
Manually focusing on brighter stars or even very distant sources of light. Autofocus has a hard time in low light conditions and the result is blurry pictures.
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