Night Sky Photography: pro secrets for stunning moonlight landscapes

Night Sky Photography: pro secrets for stunning moonlight landscapes

Essential night sky photography tips to remember

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Good timing

The next full moon phases 
in the UK are either side of 
28 December 2012 and 27 January 2013 when the moon rises in the afternoon with good potential for photography during the early evening.

Do a recce

Scout out possible subjects and locations for night photography during the daytime so that you know how to find them in the dark! When you return to your chosen spot, make sure you bring a torch – or better still, use a head torch for hands-free light.

Wrap up well
The temperatures at night are considerably lower than they are during the day, so you will need to wear extra layers and take a hot drink and sufficient food to maintain your energy levels. Keep your camera well fuelled with fresh batteries 
too, and always make sure you keep the batteries warm so they don’t go flat.

Make sure your camera is steady

A solid tripod with a good head is essential to maintain stability during the long exposures required for night photography. During the shoot, double check that the tripod head is locked down securely to prevent any movement taking place and causing unwanted blur.

PAGE 1: Using moonlight in your night sky photography
PAGE 2: Timing your moonlight photography
PAGE 3: Three ways to get great photos in moonlight
PAGE 4: How to photograph the moon
PAGE 5: Essential night sky photography tips to remember


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  • Patrycja Sioła

    Krakow Main Square, Mariacki Church, Poland on the last photo :)