When shooting the starry sky, many beginner photographers have no clue what to do. The camera settings aren’t difficult. The difficult thing is to spot a suitable location and the cooperation of the sky. Let me briefly introduce 3 tips for photographing a starry sky!
(1) Find a Suitable Place
To shoot a beautiful starry sky, we must find a place with little or no light damage. It would be better if the starry sky can be seen with the naked eye! It is also a good choice to go to the suburbs or on a mountain, physical effort is necessary, but please pay attention to safety!
(2) Camera Settings
To shoot the stars in the sky instead of “star tracks”, we can’t use a long shutter, so we need to increase the sensitivity and increase the aperture. The recommended settings are as follows:
Lens: wide-angle such as 12mm or18mm
Aperture: large aperture helps shooting, such as f/2.8 or f/4 (due to the use of a wide-angle, the depth of field has little effect)
ISO: 3200 or higher (depending on ambient light)
White balance in less than 2 seconds: 2700K or tungsten lamp can make the sky blue
Please turn off the “Long Exposure Noise Reduction” option to increase the speed of shooting, noise removal can be run on the computer. Of course, use a solid tripod!
(3) Use of Prospects
The foreground is very important for starry sky photography. Imagine that if you only shoot the starry sky, the photo will only be little white stars and the reader will not feel the sky full of stars. Therefore, the starry sky must be matched with the appropriate foreground. Sometimes if the foreground is not bright enough, we can consider using a flashlight or flashing lights to illuminate the foreground!
For the application of the foreground, please refer to Application of Composition Techniques