3 Tips for Night Sky Photography by Ken Hubbard

New to night sky and Milky Way photography? Start with these concepts to get started on the right foot.
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Stars over El Capitan in Yosemite

Stars over El Capitan in Yosemite National Park

  1. Whenever shooting night images, first and foremost do a little research before you head out. If you want perfectly dark skies, make sure you check when the new moon is so you don’t get any light pollution from the moon. If you can’t get out on a new moon, check when the moon rises and sets for the same reason.
  2. If you can’t get out on a new moon or the times don’t work for you and the moon is still in the sky, don’t despair. You can still capture great images with moonlight. Use the bright light of the moon to light paint your objects for you.
  3. No matter what, always bring a tripod with you to capture night sky images. Your shutter will be open for multiple seconds, and it will be impossible to hand-hold your camera still enough to take long exposures.
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