Night Photography - from John Elliot

Here are some useful articles and videos to support the upcoming Nature presentation on night shooting. 

Resources for Night Shooting 

Everything you always wanted to know about night photography but were afraid to ask! Compiled here you will find tips and tricks to better night photography, interviews with noted night photographers, links to interesting sites, and all about the moon and its phases.

Photographing the Night Sky 

In this tutorial, you will learn how to hunt for a dark sky, choose the right equipment, discover 500 rule, and take awesome photos.

Photographing the Night Sky with your DSLR Camera 

Photographing the night sky requires nothing more than a digital single lens reflex (DSLR ) camera and a tripod. You can use almost any lens though it is easier to start with a normal (50 mm) or wide angle lens and set it to its widest aperture. Fast lenses with F2.8, F2 or F1.4 will let you take shorter exposures. With a DSLR you can preview your images on the LCD screen after shooting and make adjustments to the exposure if necessary. To determine the best exposure try your camera in A or Aperture priority mode - some cameras work great this way even in automatic exposure mode. If you don't get good results try setting your camera to M or manual mode and adjust the exposure until the exposure looks right on your LCD screen.

Astrophotography 101: A Lesson Series on Photographing the Milky Way 

Astrophotography 101 is currently a work in progress; however, a number of lessons have already been published, including: 

On Photographing the Milky Way 

A Beginner Astrophotography Kit 

How to Pick a Lens for Milky Way Photography 

Milky Way Exposure Calculator

How to Photograph the Milky Way 

10 Tips for Photographing Meteor Showers

Photographing a meteor shower is more like photographing a time-lapse than traditional still photos. You can never anticipate where or when a meteor is going to streak across the sky. In order to catch them you have to set up and take as many photos as you can throughout the night with a wide angle lens on the camera. If you leave the camera in the same position you can use the resulting images for a short time-lapse clip in addition to the still images you can capture.

Capture Star Trails
Short and to-the-point article on shooting star trails, with a bit of post-processing advice thrown in.

Photographing Star Trails 

Article includes a star trails checklist is divided into two sections, lens settings and camera settings with a version of each for selected Nikon and Canon cameras. 

From Prep Work to Post-Processing: An In-Depth Star Photography Tutorial

Tips for taking awesome shots of the Milky Way and night sky, along with post-processing advice.

Boosting the Milky Way: Lightroom and Adobe Camera RAW Tutorial 

A basic tutorial covering how to boost your Milky Way shots and how to get the colours in the galactic core to really pop. Although the tutorial only mentions Lightroom, the same techniques can be used in Adobe Camera RAW

Milky Way Post Processing: Colour Correction
A general approach to processing night sky images

Basics of Post-Processing Night Sky Images 

Discusses image stacking and dark-frame subtraction

Nine Secrets to Using a Tripod Like a Pro 

How to correctly use that darn piece of equipment that is so necessary to night photography

Build star trackers

Build a hinge tracker for astrophotography for $10.00 by Gary Seronik 
A Tracking platform for astrophotography by Gary Seronik;