The N-Photo ex­perts say…

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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.

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://dark­ to check. For more great night pho­tog­ra­phy tips, turn to this month’s fea­ture on page 16.

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