I’ve had a lot of questions on how I took my most popular photo, so I thought I’d share how to capture star trails. Enjoy!
What you’ll need:
- camera with “bulb” exposure mode or light meter
- favorite kind of film
- cable release
Star trails are really simple. Set your camera up on your tripod (make sure it’s on bulb mode if it doesn’t have a light meter) and aim it towards the sky. In my opinion, the best pictures are the ones that have something in the foreground. Screw your cable release in and start exposing!
Now for the somewhat tricky part: deciding how long to expose the film (if you have a camera with a light meter, you don’t have to worry about this. Just make sure you listen for that second click of the shutter). If you don’t have a light meter, experiment! Exposure times really depend on how much light is around. 25 to 40 minute exposures seemed to yield the best results for me, although I was in the desert with minimal lighting.
One thing to keep in mind: you’ll want to be somewhere with little to no light and very good star visibility.
Well that’s all folks. Get out there and try it! (: