If you’ve never heard of Astrophotography you’re not the only one. It is a type of photography that combines elements of astronomy, nature, art, and science.
You might actually be familiar with astrophotography under another name, such as celestial, night-sky, or astronomical photography.
Astrophotography is pretty challenging as you’re trying to capture an image of objects that are millions of miles away in very low-light conditions.
But while it’s challenging, it’s also rewarding if you can master it.
Photographers who indulge in this form of photography are typically interested in art and science, particularly photography and astronomy.
To get the best photos, you should find a rural area that’s very dark with little to no light at all. In fact, the darker the site is the better. You can try your hand at basic night-sky photography with some pretty simple digital camera equipment and accessories.
A digital camera that has a B or bulb setting for long exposures is ideal. A standard lens in the range of about 50mm with an f2.8 aperture setting is fine. You should also have a remote shutter release as well as a steady tripod.
All you need to do is aim the field of view onto the target in the sky and set the lens to infinity. Just double-check to make sure the focus is fine and then lock the shutter speed open for a specific amount of time. The best time to take your shots is when the sky is at its darkest late at night or extremely early in the morning after midnight.
When you take the photos late at night there will be fewer lights on in the region, hardly any air traffic and a steadier atmosphere. There should also be fewer interruptions of any kind. You might have to deal with colder temperatures and dew though. Make sure you take a flashlight or lantern so you can see what you’re doing.