Taking pictures of the night sky can be a bit tricky if you don’t know where to start. Luckily this how-to video offers some basic tips to get you going in the right direction. You’ll want to be sure to use a camera in manual mode that has the capability of taking a 15-30 second picture. Place your camera on a tripod and follow the steps in this video to achieve great shots of the starry night sky.
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we're outside today taking some photos and we thought we'd share with you some of our favorite outdoor photography tips today I'm going to share with you some tips that will help you get a really nice starry night sky in your photos so obviously even though we're in the daytime now you're going to want to get away from that light pollution and then there are several considerations that you want to keep in mind the first is shutter speed then you're going to want to make sure you have a wide open aperture somewhat high ISO and then that you're focused on infinity so going back to the shutter speed you'll probably want to shoot for somewhere between 15 seconds and 30 seconds any longer than that and then the stars start to streak in the sky because of the rotation of the earth and that's a whole different type of photo all together so shoot anywhere between 15 and 30 seconds and that's a great place to start there moving on to the aperture you'll want to shoot for those lower numbers because you're not dealing with much light so the lower number means that the aperture of your camera isn't letting in the most light possible so a low number that would be a good example would be like f 2.8 if you can go even lower great do that but just the lowest number that you have after that F is going to be what you're looking for next you have the ISO and kind of based on your shutter speed and aperture you'll have to adjust the ISO a little bit to get the photo within the proper exposure range but I would say that ISO 800 is a good place to start and then you'll just have to kind of adjust it if your photo is too dark then you will have to increase the ISO if it's too light you can knock it down to like 700 or 600 but do whatever you have to do there to get the photo within the proper exposure range lastly it's really important to double check and make sure you're set on infinity for your focus otherwise the stars will be all blurry and if you have something in your foreground that you also want to be in focus you can shine a flashlight on it and kind of just the focus but again anything in the foreground you're going to want to make sure that it's you know several feet away from your camera otherwise it's going to be blurry and the stars will be sharp or the Stars will be sharp and their foreground object will be blurry so keep all of that in mind and then a last really helpful tip is set your camera to your self-timer mode and then that way after you press the shutter button the camera can settle down and all the vibrations will stop so when the shutter starts the camera is completely locked down and that will lead to a really sharp image I hope you found this tip helpful and I hope it inspires you to get out and take some great shots of your own you're out there experimenting and you have a great photo to share be sure to upload it to our share your adventure photo contest it's a great opportunity for you to have a chance to win a Sierra Trading Post EGH if card and it's just fun to participate and see the other great photos that people are sharing so to check more details about that contest up the crag here you