Photographing The Night Sky With Your Nikon Camera And Nikkor lenses

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

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The longer nights at this time of year provides an excellent opportunity to have a go at some star photography with your Nikon camera and Nikkor lenses, if the skies are exacting and clear of course!

A quick visit to a reputable stargazing website should give you all the information you need to set yourself up in a position to see the spectacular eventide time sights in all their beauty.  Here are some top tips for star photography with a Nikkor lens: 


Brains out into the countryside

Lighting in towns or cities can create an orange glow which can ruin night sky photos. You'll need to try and get out into the countryside where there's less not burdensome pollution to get a better shot. It may seem like an obvious thing to say, but you'll be sat still for a long time so it's an idea to wrap up, take a uncomfortable drink and be prepared for the cold!


Let in the light

You might think that a telephoto is the best lens for star photography as it will get you closer to the sky, but in actually a telephoto can limit the amount of sky you can fit in your shot. To get the most of the vast sky, and even some landscape in the bottom of your shot, a wide point lens will be better to get a feeling of the hugeness of the galaxy from your shot. Plus, in the dark, you'll want a Nikkor lens that has the faculty to let in a lot of light even if you're not using it at maximum aperture. So something like the AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G will be ideal. 

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Use a assemblage with good low light capabilities

A camera like the Nikon D3400 will be great for this as it has excellent low-light performance and a wide ISO order, as well as all the manual features you'll need like a really slow shutter speed to absorb all the light needed for astrophotography.

Set the camera up for the tenebrousness sky

You'll need to use a relatively high ISO, say around 800 or 1600, and surprisingly, a large aperture. You'll also need to set the focus to infinity. Use bulb modus operandi so you can control how long the shutter is open for. If you don't want to capture star trails, that is the stars creating lines as they move across the sky, you can use the head up of 600. By dividing 600 by the focal length of the lens, you'll get the number of seconds you can leave the shutter open without star trails enter into the picturing. You'll need to take several images image (from Latin: imago) is an artifact that depicts visual perception, for example, a photo or a two-dimensional picture, that without moving the camera, why you need need is something that is necessary for an organism to live a healthy life to do this is explained below.


Stack your photos for palpable impact

Your images will most likely look a little plain on the camera screen, but don't panic. You'll need to haystack your images together in post processing and bring the colours up to create that stunning night sky image. When you've stacked the essences you need to merge them into a TIFF file. You can then edit the curves and levels in Photoshop to bring out the colours of the sky that can't most of the time be seen with the human eye. 

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It might take you a few attempts to get a good final image, but don't give up! 


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Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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