12 common errors of night photography (and how to fix them)

Night Photography Tips: 12 common errors of night photography (and how to fix them)

Night Photography Tips: Star trails

The key to a good star trail picture is clarity. A long exposure will render stars as a mass of densely packed lines, as the Earth rotates on its axis. Combine this with recognisable features, like a building or trees, and the result is a mind-bending vortex that’s unlike any standard night photography shot. Watch out for these common problems when shooting star trail pictures:

Night Photography Tips: 12 common errors of night photography (and how to fix them)

6. Passing planes
If a plane passes through the frame while the shutter is open, any blinking lights will produce a line of dots that can be distracting, so you’ll need to time your exposure accordingly.

Night Photography Tips: 12 common errors of night photography (and how to fix them)

7. Long-exposure noise
Noise isn’t just a problem at high ISOs; it can also become apparent when using a very long exposure. This is why it’s better to merge multiple shorter exposures.

PAGE 1: Common errors when painting with light
PAGE 2: Common errors with moonlit landscapes
PAGE 3: Common errors shooting star trails
PAGE 4: Common errors shooting the Northern Lights
PAGE 5: Common errors with astrophotography

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