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All Nikon D-SLRs al­low you to take the long ex­po­sures of 30 sec­onds or longer that night pho­tog­ra­phy typ­i­cally re­quires, but make sure you pack an ex­tra, fully-charged bat­tery or two.


‘Fast’ lenses (those with large max­i­mum aper­tures in the re­gion of f/1.4 to f/2.8) are prefer­able, as you won’t have to push the ISO as high as you would with a slower lens. A wide-an­gle zoom will let you to cap­ture a starscape in a sin­gle frame, while a long lens in the re­gion of 300-600mm will give you the reach you need to shoot the moon.

SOLID Tri­pod

Even the short­est ex­po­sures will be sev­eral sec­onds, so a sturdy tri­pod is vi­tal. Set it up on solid ground and check that the legs and head are firmly locked down.

re­mote release

With the cam­era on a tri­pod you don’t want to nudge it by press­ing the shutter release. A re­mote release – ei­ther a plug-in cord, a wire­less ver­sion or one of Nikon’s ded­i­cated smart­phone apps – will en­sure sharp­ness.

BRIGHT torch

If you use a nor­mal torch the bright light can af­fect your night vi­sion af­ter you switch off the torch – us­ing a red fil­ter over the light will rem­edy this.


From plot­ting the moon’s path with Pho­toPills to trig­ger­ing a com­pat­i­ble cam­era with Snap­Bridge, pho­tog­ra­phy apps make a night shoot so much eas­ier.

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