Shooting Meteors
(Photo : Zoltan Tasi / Unsplash) How to photograph meteors perfectly.

Meteor shower or more popularly known as the shooting stars are unpredictable. They appear anytime, anywhere in the sky. That is why if you intend to catch a shooting star and take a picture of it, then this may be quite a challenge for you. Meteor photography is all about exploiting or making the most out of the photographer's chances to take the best shot at capturing such an elusive fireball.

In other words, meteor shower photography means taking as many photos as possible, and "covering as much sky as possible." For those with a second camera, you get to double your chances by pointing that second cam at the other part of the sky. For those who are serious about learning to photograph a meteor shower, you are on the right page. Below are the 5 of the best tips to consider when capturing the shooting stars:

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How to Photograph a Meteor Shower

Shooting Meteors
(Photo : Zoltan Tasi / Unsplash)
How to photograph meteors perfectly.
  1. Find the perfect spot at a perfect time. Many meteors every hour can typically appear in the sky on any given night. If you see lots of meteors in the sky, you are then, watching a meteor shower. Ensure to check the weather, as well as the phase of the moon before you go out. Bright moon and clouds can reduce or weaken even the best meteor shower.
  2. Find an area where there are dark skies and away from the city lights. Too much light can result in difficulty in the eyes to see the meteors clearly. Also, turn down your camera's LCD screen's brightness. It will help your eyes stay adjusted to the darkness.
  3. Make the tripod your constant companion. Photographing meteor needs long exposures, and even most stable hands, cannot hold a camera quite long, for a clear shot. The heavier your tripod, the more it helps reduce the shaking which the footsteps and win the cause. But this does not mean a lightweight tripod is no good.
  4. Use a camera with a wide-angle lens. This will help you to take photos, more of the sky. More so, a wide-angle lens can give you a higher chance to capture a meteor shower in your best shot.

Use the built-in timer in your camera or a shutter release cable while the tripod is doing a great job of lessening the shaking of your camera. However, even by merely checking the shutter button, it can blur the extended exposure. A self-timer can allow you several seconds for any shake in your camera from pushing the button. 

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