This article has a lot of useful information! Lisa
- What do you look for in a location for shots of the stars?
- One of the trickiest parts of a shot like this is balancing the foreground with the light of the stars. How do you go about it?
- How do you manage the light of the moon?
- You have to have a pretty good understanding of the night sky to get shots like this. How do you track where the stars will be?
- Does the time of year during which you're shooting make a huge difference?
- How about the weather?
- What kind of shutter speed are you looking at if you want to keep the stars in place rather than having them form trails across the photo?
- What if we actually want the trails? What's the best way to go about creating them?
- Your shots are very much landscape photos, do you always use a wide angle lens?
- What kind of gear do you need to bring for a night shoot?
- What do you use for a light source when it comes to painting the objects in the foreground?
- Can you offer some specific camera settings that will give a good starting point for a star shot?How much post-processing goes into the images?
Photographer Ben Canales shares his techniques for incredible shots of the night sky. Bring coffee
- By Stan Horaczek
"There's a fantastic online program called Stellarium. It's kind of like Google Earth for stars. You punch in the location at which you're going to be and the time you're going to be there and it takes you to that spot and simulates the star field, the moon phase, and the brightness of the location at that time. You get a 360-degree view that you can scroll around and look at. Darkskyfinder.org is useful as well. It uses population densities to try and guess about light pollution levels. It's a good way to research where you should go."
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