Meteor shower nightscape photography tips

Evening skies are very lovely below in Sedona, Arizona. I search for practically any excuse these times to position my cameras towards the heavens. The most recent ‘excuse’ was the Geminids on December 13th. Here’s the tale of capturing and post processing this picture.

How do you know?

How do you study of astronomical events? The greatest information I come across on the sky for photography is by the Application Photopills. It lists all meteor showers and the expected range of strikes, also recognised as the ideal time to photograph. It also tells you exactly where the origination of most of the shower will be. Insert to that the Night AR check out exactly where you can overlay the evening sky situations over your scene and you have an awesome preparing software. This is not a tutorial on Photopills but let me inform you it will be the best 10 bucks and ninety-nine cents you can shell out on info for photographing the evening sky!

red rocks and snow sedona photo prep for meteor shower
Base image straight out of digicam. Be aware the plane trails on the remaining.


I wasn’t equipped to get where I desired to go owing to the snow and damp, muddy trails. These photographs have been produced from the parking great deal with the see of Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte in Sedona at the Bell Rock Pathway Trailhead. I set up two cameras, the two Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III. Lenses have been 7-14mm f/2.8 M. Zukio Pro and the 8mm fisheye f/1.8 Professional M. Zukio. I’ll share a little bit additional about capturing gear and set up in another write-up.

Digicam settings

The cameras have been established to 20 seconds at ISO 6400 with a person next amongst exposures. When you are placing up your timing make absolutely sure that all of your options are proper. I couldn’t determine why one particular of my cameras was not firing immediately after the previous exposure. Accidentally the interval was set to 1 minute and a person 2nd in between exposures. I possibly shed forty-5 minutes of frames thanks to that miscalculation.

Manual publicity with a steady white equilibrium is important. Check out your Histogram with a take a look at shot to make absolutely sure you are not underexposing the scene. If you severely underexpose, which is easy to do, you will get tons of sounds as you test to open up up the shadows.

A excellent characteristic on this Olympus camera is Starry Autofocus. In that method when the digicam indicates it is in target there is no have to have to be concerned your stars will be in emphasis. That was generally an problem. Applied to dislike coming home from a night time shoot and be a bit out of concentration!

Any computerized options allowing for the digital camera to make choices can lead to modifications that will look as flicker if you determine to change the body sequence into a time-lapse. Extra on that in yet another report.

Article production

I chosen all the frames. Opened in Adobe Digital camera Raw and made world-wide changes. I moved to the “Masks” area of ACR and increased the Milky Way which was arching in excess of the scene and also used two “Linear Gradients” to adjust the sky and foreground individually.

Photoshop layers palette meteor shower
Levels Palette right before altering for fish-eye curvature. Base layer as well as a few levels with masks for meteors and to take away airplane light trails. Adjustment layers to tweak last tone and shade.

Back again into Adobe Bridge, decide on the pictures that contained meteor streaks. Not a bunch in this scenario but the story operates. Opened my grasp impression and meteor photographs. Aligned the background with meteor images and utilised masks to enable the meteors to show.

Additional a couple of adjustment levels with masks to suitable coloration and tones. Practically completed.

Geminids meteor shower over red rocks of sedona, arizona
Remaining picture after applying Photoshop’s Completely transform Instrument in Warp Mode to straighten the fish-eye outcome.

Considering the fact that this set of pictures was made with the fisheye lens, I made use of the “Transform Tool” to straighten out the horizon.

Now it is performed.

Yours in Innovative Images, Bob