Equipment Needed

  1. Camera with manual function capabilities
  2. Memory card
  3. Tripod
  4. Remote or cable release
  5. Extra batteries (just in case)

Finding the "right" spot

This could very well be the most important part of getting the perfect shot. I recommend finding a spot away from the cities and their light pollution. Somewhere where the stars shine bright and is not traveled regularly by automobiles. Even a stroke of a flashlight could ruin the picture. One recommendation when going out into rural areas, unpopulated forests or fields is to be wary of wildlife; they’re most prominent at night. Watch out for animals knocking your camera down; it happens!

Making Star Trails

Since the earth is constantly rotating, this is a very cool way to capture the movement of the Earth by photographing the stars.

Try and try again until you get it just right.

End Result

Want to try a more basic time-lapse picture? Click here.