Astrophotography is hard. Make it easier by knowing your gear.
We’ve all done it, and if you’re just starting out, you may have a rude awakening. You get to your selected shoot location, you have your brand-new camera, a tripod, and it’s a beautiful night…now what?
We’ve compiled 5 tips every astrophotographer should know that we’ve learned over the years to make your astrophotography more successful and rewarding.
Pay attention, class!
Learn how to manipulate camera settings in the dark
How well do your eyes work in the dark? If you’re an owl, you’re good to go. But, you’re likely a human, and you’ll need a red headlamp or flashlight/torch/flamethrower/lighter/match/etc., and even that doesn’t do it sometimes! So — practice in the light, getting comfortable changing all the camera settings you’ll need when you’re in the field.
Learn your camera by feel — almost nothing is “set and forget”!
Why this is important
When you’re out in the field, you often don’t have a lot of time to mess around, or it’s really cold, or you forget one of those many important steps necessary to taking good astro photos. Being able to know where your camera buttons are without having to look at them is pretty handy in these conditions!