Tips for Photographing the Perseid Meteor Shower

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With the Perseid meteor shower hitting its peak this next week (8/12 & 8/13), here are a few photography tips for capturing the moment.

1. Find a location far from city lights. The darker the sky, the better chance you have of photographing a meteor.

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2. If you have access to a tripod, you will want to bring it to set up your shot. A camera needs to be stabilized for long exposures.

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3. Using your camera in either manual mode or shutter priority mode, and experiment with the best exposure times to find what works best. Try using a remote such as Nikon’s ML-L3 Wireless remote to reduce camera shake during long exposures, or a cable release for exposures longer than 30 seconds. Remotes and releases help to eliminate the vibrations from touching the shutter button. In a pinch, you can also set your camera’s 2 second timer to reduce camera shake!

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4. Get creative with your long exposures by bringing along an ambient light source such as a flashlight or Speedlight. Use this to “paint” images in the foreground such as trees or tents to add an exciting element to your astrophotography! (Photo credit: Steve Heiner)

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To see more tips, visit the original article shared by Nikon: