How to photograph a starfall: five most useful tips

If you want to learn how to photograph shooting stars, for example, famous Perseids, then you should read our five tips. Armed with this knowledge, you will be able to get impressive pictures of these celestial phenomena.


To shoot a starfall, you need to know its time

Shooting stars are most often seen in August. This is due to the, what is a meteor shower, called the Perseids, it can be observed annually at the end of summer.

  • This flow in 2016 reached its peak on August 12.

Necessary equipment for starfall hunting

To successfully photograph shooting stars, when choosing equipment, you should pay attention to some points.

  • Camera: of course, it is not necessary to use a SLR camera, but still very desirable. Above all, your camera should allow you to set the shutter speed manually. Besides, the camera should give as little image noise as possible, even at high ISO levels.
  • Lens: since you can’t plan, where will you see the starfall, then it is worth using a lens with a short focal length, thanks to which you will be able to shoot the whole sky and in no case miss the shooting stars.
  • Tripod: you will definitely need a tripod, for that, so that when shooting with a long shutter speed, the effect of ‘wiggling’ does not occur.

Camera settings for perfect shots

A good camera is only half the battle. You should be able to work with it and choose the right settings. Don’t forget to check them in advance, to start shooting at the right moment. It is best to use manual mode with the following settings:

  • Focus: Set the focus on the lens to infinity, otherwise, at night, the camera will always try to focus itself.
  • Aperture: the aperture should be opened as much as possible, the smallest aperture number depends on the type of lens.
  • Exposure time: Try experimenting with different exposure times, but at least it should be 30 seconds.
  • ISO: It is better to set the ISO level as low as possible, shooting stars are most often brighter, than other stars.

It is more convenient to take photos with additional equipment

If you want to photograph shooting stars, then it is unlikely that you will be able to plan, when and where you will be caught by a starfall. Therefore, you will have to blindly press the shutter button several times in a row in the hope, that you can ‘catch’ a shooting star.

  • Remote control of the camera descent can greatly facilitate the shooting process for you. You will be able to, comfortably ensconced, from a distance, repeatedly press the trigger.

Shooting can be controlled directly from a laptop

By connecting the camera to the laptop, you will be able to view the pictures immediately. So it will be easier for you to notice, have you ‘caught’ a shooting star.

  • The advantage of using a laptop is a large screen and the ability to immediately continue shooting with a SLR camera.
  • To do this, you only need a USB cable and the appropriate software from the camera manufacturer.
  • You can also use a tablet or smartphone as an external camera screen.

If you want to capture shooting stars, then you should go out a little earlier and shoot a beautiful sunset.