When it comes to taking pictures of the stars, they can be some of the most beautiful photos in your portfolio. Of course, the wrong lighting, lenses and technique can make them completely invisible so that people don’t even know what they are looking for. You need to know the steps to take, the camera lenses to have, and how to line everything up for that perfect shot of the night sky.
The first thing you need to do is mount your camera. You absolutely must use a tripod for night sky pictures, there’s no way you can physically hold a camera still enough to take the pictures without getting blurs along the photo. Set the camera’s ISO between 200 and 800 for the cleanest, crispest photos. Telescope or telephoto camera lenses are a great choice for this kind of photography. They can get really close up, the kind of view that a regular telescope would provide. You can get some amazing shots that are unique and beautiful. It’s worth the investment for all kinds of photography, not just celestial.
Make sure you turn off your auto focus before taking any pictures. The reason for this is, your camera may find it hard to focus on anything in the night sky because there’s so many small objects and not a main focal point for it to pick. It’s best to just focus on the sky yourself. It gives you more control and keeps from confusing your camera. When you set the shutter speed for your camera lenses, you want to have the aperture open as long as possible to allow as much light in as possible.
Positioning yourself for that perfect shot isn’t as hard as it may seem. You need to be in an area clear of light pollution, that is, far away from buildings and other places that may be emitting light and could detract from the stars. A timer for the shot can help avoid vibration from your hands hitting the button. Line up a timer for multiple shots to ensure a good photo.
With these tools and the right camera lenses and optics, you can take some stunning images of the night sky. From hobby to selling photos professionally, capturing the perfect celestial picture is a real challenge, and in turn, accomplishment for anyone. It’ll be the photo you’ll show off to everyone and want in your professional portfolio.