Tips on hot to do a star trails shot.

Started Nov 3, 2012 | Questions thread
grcolts Senior Member • Posts: 2,715
Re: Tips on hot to do a star trails shot.

Sounds like you are on the right track.

Some things to consider too :

1. Aim your camera at the north star so you can get those nice circumpolar trails.

2. Shoot at a wide aperture.

3. I prefer shooting with a non-zoom lens such as a 28, 35 or 50. I have used the 18-55 zoom lens with success but still like using primes better.

4. As for how long to keep your shutter open?  For me it depends upon the light pollution in your area. For really dark sky sites 2-4 hours will give you nice star trails. If you are shooting in more light prone areas experiment with less.

Have fun and let us know how it worked out for you!


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