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Photography Tips - Basics Equipment - Night Sky Photography

Updated: Jun 28, 2023

Night sky and nightscape photography can be daunting to even the most experienced of photographers. To begin with it takes place at night(of course) and it requires you to setup and manipulate you camera and equipment in the dark. Next it involves long exposures, something most people taking pictures try to avoid. The majority of photographs take require quick shutter openings, times measured in tiny fractions of a second. Nightscape shutter openings are seconds, tens of seconds even minutes long. I'm going to do my best to make anyone interested in trying this type of photography a little more comfortable.

Basic Equipment

You will need two pieces of equipment to capture the night sky. The first is of course a camera. It doesn't have to be a high dollar full frame state of the art brand new model. Just about any dslr or mirrorless camera will do. The second is a tripod. Again it doesn't have to be an expensive carbon fiber one with a fancy ballhead. It just has to support your camera. Others will suggest that you need a remote or off-camera shutter release but in the beginning the timer built into most cameras models will do just as well.

If nightscape photography becomes your thing of course you will invest in bigger and better equipment but if you are just starting out I would highly recommend using what you have on hand or what you can borrow from a friend.

Get out there and capture

If I could give one additional piece of advice it would be to just get out there and capture images. The more you use your equipment the more proficient you will become. Now get out there and take some pictures. Subscribe to my newsletter for more tips and tricks. If you are interested in any of my prints please visit my Shop.

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