The N-Photo experts say…
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.
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).
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.
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.