What is the best camera setting for nighttime photography?

50mm lens night photography settings

If you are shooting with your camera held in your hands, make sure the shutter speed is reciprocal of your focal length.

nFor example, if you are shooting with 18-55mm lens at 18mm focal length, your shutter speed should be faster than 1/18s (1/25s, 1/50s for example).

If your lens focal length is set at 50mm, make sure the shutter speed is faster than 1/50s ~(e.


1/50s, 1/100s etc.

),Other thing is Aperture; it is a gate that allows light to fall onto the camera sensor.

Simply speaking, the more wide open the shutter is, the more light there will be available to the image sensor (or film), the more quickly photo shall be taken.

Keep the aperture as open as possible.

Use bigger aperture lenses e.


50mm f/1.

8, 70-200mm f/2.


,If your lens is not a fixed aperture lens, use it at max zoom out (widest possible setting) because if you zoom in, the aperture would become smaller and amount of light available to the sensor will be reduced.

,High ISO is another option but it makes photos grainy.

,If you want to use tripod: Make sure your subjects are not moving if you want to capture still pictures.

Tripods are good for shooting night time landscapes, sky views, milky way shots OR in some cases, time-lapses.

Use of a tripod allows us to use longer shutter speeds, so night time shots will be very much bright.

Canon 50mm 1.8 astrophotography

Astrophotography covers a wide range of photographic activities.

Basically it means taking pictures of things in space.

nfrom astro-ncombining formn,relating to the stars, celestial objects, or outer space.

n,The most serious work is taking pictures of stars, planets, galaxies, and far away space objects.

This type Astrophotography will pretty much require very specialized telescopes rather than off the shelf lenses.

Professionals use mountaintop observatories, space telescopes (like the Hubble) and interplanetary spacecraft like Voyager, Mariner, Casssini, Rosetta, Dawn, etc.

,Even amatuers have fairly large telescopes with camera adapters for these.

nFor example, photographing the moon which is the largest single object in the sky requires about a 1000 mm lens on a full frame camera to fill the image.

Stars take much higher magnification.

Very dim stars require also long exposures which in turn require tracking mounts that move synchronously with the earth.

,The kind of astrophotography most suited to down to earth lenses usually take in large switch of sky.

that are in the field of view of ordinary lenses.

nThis includes taking pictures of the Miky Way (our galaxy) that lights up our sky.

Time lapse pictures will give a large swirl as the earth rotates.

Individual planets and sometimes if you are luck a shooting star will streak across your exposure making a dramatic image.

,In that case a sturdy tripod, a dark sky (away from lighted population areas) and a good camera DLSR with a modest wide angle lens will probably work well.

Canon 50mm astrophotography

The camera is fine.

,What is important is that you have the sensor adapted for astrophotography and install some kind of sensor cooling system (exposures for deep space photography can be an hour or longer) so that the sensor does not shut off due to overheating.

,Shots of the Milkyway requires a wide angle lens (I use a 14 mm lens) and a relatively short exposure of fewer than 60 seconds.

,Deep space can be photographed using a lens length of 180 mm or longer, however, you will need a special equatorial telescope mount which will keep your lens aimed at the area of the sky you are attempting to photograph.

,Take some time on YouTube watching the videos that discuss astrophotography in detail.

These will give you a full understanding of the techniques and equipment you will need to pursue your interest in astrophotography.