How to Photograph Star Trails

When I started Photography Roundtable, I wanted to create usable content that you could use to help you create stunning images and most importantly, photographs you could be proud to show off. One of the most effective ways of doing that is creative video content.

Just recently, I’ve had the time to do just that.

The other night I set out to shoot some night photography of star trails near my home in Tennessee.

The first thing you need to know is what conditions to look for:

  • Clear skies
  • Cool or cold weather (it reduces lens fog)
  • Calm winds
  • Dark locations (low ambient light)
  • Few or no clouds

The next thing you need to think about is the gear that you use. Here’s what I recommend:

  • Camera
  • Wide angle lens with aperture that can go to at least f/2.8
  • Tripod
  • Intervelometer (if you have one)
  • Cable release (if you don’t have an intervelometer)

Do you have that? I mean, you don’t have to have a ton of expensive gear to go out and shoot the night sky. In fact, you barely have to have a lot of gear at all. You mostly need the understanding of night photography!

Come along with me as I go to shoot the night sky and teach you how to photograph star trails!

Remember, you can always ask me any photography question by using #AskDaveJ

I actually filmed a time lapse while I was shooting with my intervelometer as well. Check it out!