The N-Photo ex­perts say…

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AVOID TRAILS

Us­ing higher ISO set­tings en­ables you to set fast enough shutter speeds to stop stars ‘trail­ing’, but at the risk of in­creased noise. If you have a newer Nikon like the D750, you’ll be fine, but if not you may want to rent one for this type of shoot.

GO WIDE

To squeeze in enough stars and fore­ground de­tail, you’ll need a wide-an­gle lens. A zoom lens will prove more flex­i­ble than a prime; we’d sug­gest the Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 for DX bod­ies, and the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 Art for FX bod­ies (see page 108).

TAKE TWO

If you’re strug­gling to cap­ture a well-ex­posed sky and fore­ground in a sin­gle ex­po­sure, you may want to com­bine two shots: take a shot where you’re ex­pos­ing for the sky and an­other ex­pos­ing for the ground. You can then blend these to­gether in Pho­to­shop.

Dark skies

Light pol­lu­tion from nearby cities can make stars much harder to see. Not sure if the sky in your lo­ca­tion is dark enough? Just visit http://dark­sitefinder.com to check. For more great night pho­tog­ra­phy tips, turn to this month’s fea­ture on page 16.

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