A Beginner's Guide to Shooting Nightscape Photos

One of the neatest experiences after buying a dedicated camera is pointing it at the night sky for the first time and capturing beauty that is invisible to the naked eye. Doing so takes some specialized technique, however. This excellent video tutorial will show you how to take a compelling nightscape shot using nothing but a basic camera, kit lens, and tripod. 

Coming to you from Astro Backyard, this awesome video tutorial will show you how to take a nightscape photo using basic equipment. Certainly, tools like a wide aperture lens can make a big difference, particularly in a situation where every last bit of light is at a premium, but that does not mean you can't create shots with what you already have. Certainly, if you end up enjoying the process and results and you want to up your image quality, a wide aperture wide angle lens will make a big difference. It doesn't need to be a premium 24mm f/1.4. Just something like a 24mm f/1.8 or the like will give you an extra two to three stops over a kit lens and make a big difference. Check out the video above for the full rundown. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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