Typ­i­cal set­tin gs for sta rscapes

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File for­mat Ex­po­sure mode Aper­ture ISO Shut­ter speed Fo­cus mode Drive mode

White bal­ance zoom set­ting, or the fo­cus set­ting has been changed, then you’ll need to fo­cus your lens on the far dis­tance. Try turn­ing on Live View, and find the bright­est ob­ject in the sky that you can see. You can then zoom in on the Live View image us­ing the mag­nify but­ton on the back of the cam­era (not the zoom on the lens), and ad­just the fo­cus man­u­ally.

Even when us­ing this method it can take time and pa­tience to fo­cus ac­cu­rately, though, and you’ll find the whole process rather eas­ier if you give your eyes plenty of time to be­come ac­cus­tomed to the dark­ness. To do this you’ll need at least 10 to 20 min­utes on lo­ca­tion with­out look­ing at any bright lights, us­ing a flash­light or even ac­ti­vat­ing the rear screen on your SLR.

Once you’ve fo­cused, you will need to take a test shot us­ing the set­tings that you have pre-set, and then check the ex­po­sure. The re­sults should ap­pear quite dark, with lit­tle de­tail in the fore­ground, but make sure that the stars are clearly vis­i­ble. If your test shot is too bright you can use a shorter shut­ter speed, such as 2 secs. If it’s too dark you’ll need to ad­just the ISO to a higher value rather than us­ing a longer shut­ter speed, to avoid record­ing the move­ment of the stars.

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