Photographing Star Trails my setup
Here I would like to share with you my setup on shooting star trails. First of all it's best that you know how to work your camera in the dark knowing where the control buttons are and what each one does as you will need to adjust settings whilst out in the field.
What I tend to do before going out is to preset my camera to the following;
Here are a few images of the gear and setup.
Yongnuo remote timer shutter release.
Nikon D610 with Sigma 24-105 F4 DG OS HSM "ART" lens taped to infinity plus the remote receiver fitted to camera. Ideally i would love a wider angle lens something like the Nikon 14-24mm f2.8.
A good sturdy tripod with spikes fitted to ensure a solid and stable placement on the ground.
Head torch or any torch as long as you take something with you. Can also be used for lighting up an object or building to be in the shot.
Hand warming pads to stop condensation build up on the lens.
Now we have the kit setup to as near as we want it, it's time to head out, as long as the skies are clear. It's always best to scout your location during daylight hours so you know where your going and where you want to be to take the shot, also to see how the ground lies if there are any dangers etc.
On location we set up our gear and take a few test shots using the settings already on the camera.
Aperture F4, 30 sec exposure and ISO 800
You can see we need to make a few adjustments her angle of camera etc.
I changed a few settings for the next shot
The final settings I used were F4 35 second exposure set on the remote timer (and the camera exposure set to bulb) with a 1 second interval ISO800 and 200 shots. Within the last 15 shots or so I had an aircraft fly over obviously resulting in a trail of light. See image below.
The trails of light were edited out in the processing stage using.
The final image consists of 180 images edited in Lightroom and stacked in PS CC
A good dark sky with little or no moon light and choose your location with no or little light pollution will give you the best results, here you can still see some light pollution and some high cloud. Hope this has been of some help and look forward to hearing your comments.
Stay Safe out there.!
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