After starting my travels, I’ve become increasingly interested in learning how to take pictures of the sky at night. This is referred to as astrophotography, and is an increasingly difficult skill to learn. Recently, I’m trying to learn how to take photography myself, and I’m going to try and share what I’ve learned here with you.
Of course as a traveller, I don’t have access to a range of fancy equipment. Whilst I do have a DSLR at home, I don’t like to carry it with me as it’s likely to get damaged relatively easily. So, it’s much easier to just carry my iPhone with me and use that instead!
Of course with an iPhone, you aren’t guaranteed to get good pictures if you’re not using it to the best of it’s capabilities. There are other things that you’ll want to consider to ensure that you’re getting the best out of your iPhone. If you have the cash, then you consider getting yourself a cheap telescope, but you don’t have to do this. So, here are a few tips that I’ve picked up along the way that can help you with taking iPhone pictures of the night sky.
A Picture Editing App
Undoubtedly the most important thing that you need if you’re going to be taking pictures of the night sky with your iPhone is to get an app that can help you edit the photography itself. If you’re on android, then you want to look at getting camera fv-5. But if you’re on the iPhone, then a better option is to look at something like Nightcap.
Nightcap allows you to actually edit some of the settings of your camera whilst you’re taking the pictures. This is really important, as you will need to change some settings because the low light needs different settings than if you were to shoot in the daytime. For example, with NightCap you can actually edit the ISO of your images which makes it a lot clearer in the dark.
Having an app that you can edit the settings of your photos is undoubtedly the first step that you’ll need to take in your journey to get awesome astrophotography images.
One of the main issues that you’ll have with using an iPhone to take pictures is that it’s just not going to give a stable image. This is fine for normal photos, but with astrophotography even the slightest bit of movement can have a massive effect on the image itself. So, it only makes sense that you find something that can help stabilize the picture.
The best thing for me was purchasing a tripod. This helps to sabilize the image and stopped any blurring effect, which is really common if you use your hands only. You don’t necessarily need anything ultra expensive either – a cheap tripod from Amazon will do.
Something that’s a necessity but also very underrated when considering taking pictures is the sky itself. You’ll need to ensure that the sky is clear, otherwise you’re not going to get any clear photos whatsoever.
Overall, this is one of the most important things that you need to do to ensure that you get some good quality photos!