Category: Night Tutorials

Night Tutorials
David Kingham

Night Photography eBook – Nightscape

I’m very excited to announce my first eBook “Nightscape”. This is not an eBook that only covers a few basics of how to photograph the night sky. I have poured nearly everything I know into this eBook, it was truly a labor of love with a passion to share with you as much knowledge as

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Focusing at Night

Over the years I’ve dabbled with many different techniques to achieve proper focus at night


This has become my go-to method that is quick, easy and accurate for prime lenses, which is all I shoot with at night now. On prime lenses you’ll find markings that coincide with your aperture. To set hyperfocal simply set the infinity mark to align with your selected aperture. Below is an example of the Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 set to the hyperfocal distance for f/4. There are no markings below f/4 so you have to eyeball it between f/4 and the center white line.

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Flashlight to Retain Night Vision

Maintaining your night vision is an important factor for night photography. If you want to fully take in the natural scene before you and be able to identify faint stars and the milky way, you will want to maintain your low light capability. The cones in your eyes quickly adapt for basic night vision, fully adapted in as little as 5 minutes. The rods on the other hand can take up to 45 minutes to fully adapt, and these are the key to seeing faint detail in the night sky.

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Ten Steps to Photograph the Milky Way

A camera body with high ISO capabilities, preferably a full frame sensor. I have a review of Nikon full frame cameras for more info. While it is certainly possible to capture milky way images with lesser cameras, you will have much more noise and not be able to print as large. A fast wide angle lens

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Fog Filter Effect for Stars in Photoshop

Advances in digital photography allow us to capture incredibly detailed photos of the night sky. In fact, what the camera can capture goes beyond what the human eye can see. A photo filled with stars is stunning but is also a negative in my opinion. When a photo is completely filled with stars it is

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Lens Profile for Rokinon Samyang 14mm 2.8

I’ve been recommending the Rokinon 14mm 2.8 (a.k.a. Samyang, Bower) lens for night photography where it excels as one of the best lenses out there. If you have attempted to use this lens for landscape, or especially architecture you will be disappointed to find that it has very bad mustache distortion. There is good news though!

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Night Photography Gear for any Budget

I’ve had a lot of inquiries about selecting camera gear to do the type night photography I do. This is a very hard question to answer, but usually it comes down to budget. So I decided to create a list of recommended gear based upon budget to help people get started. This post was harder to

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How to avoid Star Trails with the ‘500 Rule’

Due to the rotation of the earth it appears as though the stars are moving through the sky in long exposures. Star trails can be a desired effect when done for much longer exposures, but in this case we want points of light to represent how we see the stars with our eyes. To achieve

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