How to Photograph a Meteor Shower

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We’re in for a celestial treat this week as the annual Perseid meteor shower makes its way across our skies.

The best times to spot the shower will be from the night of the 11th to the early hours of 14th August. You’ll tend to see the most meteors between 1am and dawn, so a late night is needed if you want to catch the shower in all its glory.

Here’s our guide to capturing it on camera.

  • Find a spot with wide, uninterrupted views of the sky and as little light pollution as possible.
  • Ideally, you should use a DSLR camera set to manual mode.
  • Select a 28-50mm lens set to manual focus, and pre-focus it to infinity.
  • Open the aperture as wide as it will go.
  • Choose an ISO of 1600 or higher.
  • Set the exposure to 30 seconds.
  • If your camera has a continuous shooting mode, you’ll be able to hold the button down and capture a series of shots one after the other. Even better, using a remote release cable will mean you can sit back and relax whilst your camera does the work.

Follow these top tips and with a bit of luck you’ll capture some sensational celestial snaps! And if you do, don’t forget to share them with us on Facebook.

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