Photograph the Stars while RVing
RVers share a passion for the outdoors. Often while
camping with friends and family we catch ourselves
reveling in the stars. How do you capture a moment
like that? Here's our simple guide to photographing
stars with a DSLR camera while out on the open road.
Check the Sky
The first thing you want to do is check the weather
and the moon phase. If there are clouds or the moon
is going to be in the sky you aren't going to get
very good star pictures.
Make sure that you are away from city lights and
Use a Tripod
This is 100% mandatory. A tripod eliminates camera
shake during the long shutter speed that is required
to allow enough light into the camera to capture the
stars. Any shaking or movement will cause a blurred
These will vary depending on circumstances. But can
be predicted within a few variations. These are
general guidelines that you might need to tweak for
optimum results. Make sure your camera is on manual
ISO, the goal is to use the lowest ISO possible
to keep the photo noise free while getting a
well exposed shot. Start with an ISO of 400. If
it's not light enough you will have to increase
it until you get enough light coming in.
Aperture, You want the most amount of light to
hit your lens so the wider the aperture the
better. Anything f/4 or lower works well.
Focus, set the focus to infinity.
Shutter Speed, the longer the shutter speed the
more light is allowed in to capture the stars.
However if you have the shutter open too long
you will get a star trail from the movement of
the earth. 30 seconds is a good rule of thumb.
Have fun and with any skill PRACTICE!