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Photo tips for taking pictures of stars and the night sky

by Leah from Picta

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Learn to take better pictures of the night sky

When is the Perseid meteor shower?

Meteor in night sky

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This month is the Perseid meteor shower! We’re here with the greatest night sky and star photography tips to help you make the most of this celestial event! From beginners photography tricks, to making your magnificent shot pop, scroll down for the best tips and tricks.

The Perseids will light up the night sky between August 7th and the 18th when the shower is the most active. The meteor shower is expected to peak the night of August 12th so get out those binoculars (and your camera, of course) and follow these tips to photograph all the shooting stars! Make a wish …

How do I take pictures of the night sky?

pictures of the night sky

🌌 Beam Up Your Starry Night!

Turn on Night mode

Make sure to stabilize your camera to avoid shaky stars when you capture the night sky! We know you’re so excited, you’re shaking … but think of the pictures! Use a backpack, rock, or even a tripod to achieve maximal success.

  1. Get away from the city          
    Light pollution can spoil your stunning photos and also the chances of you seeing a shooting star! If possible, find a dark spot away from the lights of the city
  2. Digital camera tips          
    Using these star photography settings on your digital camera almost always guarantees a shot to make all your friends’ jaws drop!          
    25 second exposure, f/2.8, ISO 1600          
    bonus points if you supersize and print this photo on a poster! #MaximalEffect
  3. Take advantage of apps          
    Check out apps to change the shutter speed of your phone’s camera to get clear photos!
  4. Don’t be tempted to zoom!          
    Sure, those super tiny stars don’t always pop on screen, but you risk having lower quality photos if you zoom. Resist!

So there you have it – our best star and night sky photography tips to fully take advantage of the Perseid meteor shower!

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