Trekking to the mountains, lying under the night sky and gazing at the stars.. Sounds really dreamy. Now, look at the same scenario through a photographer’s perspective.. Trekking, shooting snow-capped mountains and doing astrophotography at night. Same place, different perspectives!
Astrophotography is a specialized type of photography in which we shoot astronomical objects, celestial events and other areas of the night sky. One of the most commonly done astrophotography includes shots of the stunning Milky Way galaxy, the North America Nebula and stunning star trails. The only limitation in doing astrophotography is that, the sky should be clear enough for the stars to be seen otherwise you won’t be able to get a proper clear image of the stars and the picture would end up being a black blank canvas.
How to shoot?
To do astrophotography, the minimum requirement is the DSLR camera to play with the exposure, a basic camera lens and a sturdy tripod for a stable, clear shot. You can decide to take either long exposure shots highlighting star trails across the sky or short exposure shots that includes amazing and breathtaking shots of the Milky Way.
Cameras with great low-light sensitivity like a full frame camera would give superb results but a basic DSLR camera and a good lens would also give you a great shot. Try to get a lens with wide angle and wide aperture. It would give you a better quality and lower noise in the final shot. If you use a lens with longer focal length, you can get shoot star trails more easily. You can even choose to get a light pollution filter in order to reduce the glow of artificial surrounding lighting.
In Astrophotography, apart from the gear and techniques, you need to have patience. You need to be slow and steady to get that perfect desired shot. If the camera moves even by a mistake, you will ruin your entire setting in microseconds. There are many variables in Astrophotography like season for which the Milky Way is visible, the weather, clouds etc. The Milky Way is visible only from April to September in the Northern Hemisphere and after that in the Southern Hemisphere which gives us a limited window to shoot the night sky along with the Milk
So, what are you waiting for?
Go grab your gears and bags and trek to the mountains. Do have a look at the weather predictions to plan your days for shooting to ensure clear night and make sure to find a place with low light pollution otherwise you will not be able to focus on your subjects in the sky. Right gears and right location are the most important factors in Astrophotography but in the end it’s all limited to your creativity.
Happy Clicking! 🙂