Tips for Photographing the Perseid Meteor Shower

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.

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.

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!

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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