Learn How To Shoot The Stars Successfully - Watch photographer Serge Ramelli as he takes you through his entire astrophotography photography workflow, from capture to edit, so you too can shoot the stars successfully.
Serge Ramelli shares the same passion that brings everyone to ePHOTOzine; photography, and he not only wants to produce cracking shots for others to appreciate, he wants to help educate people on the art too. Serge has actually got a rather extensive collection of tutorials on his YouTube channel but he's kindly decided to team up with ePz to bring some awesome photography tutorials directly to you guys.
This particular tutorial is all about 'shooting the stars' and you'll learn how Serge headed to the Joshua Tree National Park at 11:00PM during a new moon to capture images of the night sky. As well as explaining how playing around with the scene is important for composition, Serge suggests the following tips for budding astrophotographers:
1. Try to set your camera on ISO 3200, open your aperture as much as possible and set the speed to around 20 seconds.
2. If it is too dark, try increasing the ISO but if it gets too noisy, increase the time up to a maximum of 30 seconds.
3. Focus on something that is about 30 meters away from you (light it up with a lamp first).
4. Use a steady tripod and remote (or the two-second timer) to take the photo.
5. Play around with multiple exposures where you have lit some of the foreground elements with a lamp, your phone or a flash.
6. If you don't have a very wide lens, take several photos to make panoramas with the same settings.
To learn more about retouching star-themed images, check out Serge's full retouch workflow in the video.