Join Seán Duggan for an in-depth discussion in this video Shooting the stars in a night landscape, part of Landscape Photography: Night Landscape.
- When you're photographing the night landscape,…a big component of some of those images…may be stars in the night sky.…Now, there's two ways that you can photograph stars.…You can have them be finely focused…points of light in the sky,…or you can photograph them so that they appear…as trails of light in the sky.…And what controls how they appear…is the length of the exposure.…So, the longer the exposure time,…the more likely you are gonna have the stars appear…as trails of light in the sky.…
If you want the stars to appear…as finely focused points of light in the sky,…you have to use shorter exposures,…and the length of the exposure you're gonna use…is gonna vary depending on the focal length of the lens.…Now, I have a 24mm lens on this camera,…and I probably don't want to go above,…about 25 seconds would be the max…that I'd wanna go with on this lens.…If I was using a longer focal length lens,…they have 50mm lens, I probably wouldn't…want to go above, maybe 10-15 seconds.…
So, just keep that in mind.…You can do some testing with your own lenses…
- Finding compositions
- Exposing and focusing at night
- Creating an image with reflections
- Using long exposures to blur motion
- Painting with light
- Shooting with a full moon
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Preparing for a Night Shoot
2. Photographing at Night
3. Painting with Light
Light painting with a flash6m 37s
4. Shooting with a Full Moon at Night
5. Photo Review
A review of key images8m 45s
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