Can you tell me the best way to set up my Nikon D5500 for shooting star trails? Bob Haydon, via email
Jason says... To capture stars moving across the night sky, you’ll need to mount your camera on a stable platform and keep its position fixed. Use the Manual mode and select a fairly wide aperture with a shutter speed of 30 seconds. Focus on the distant horizon or the sky and ensure the focus setting remains fixed, by switching to Manual mode. Disable long exposure noise reduction, which stops the camera from shooting successive shots for periods of time equal to the length of each exposure.
Take a continuous sequence of 200 or more shots. The easiest way to do this is to set the drive mode to Continuous and to use a cable release like the Nikon MC-DC2 (£30/$30). Finally, you’ll need to merge all the shots into a single image with long trails. Try StarStaX (http://bit.ly/StarStaX).
Wrap up warm and get in position at twilight, so you can set up before it’s completely dark