The meteor shower of the Perseid can not only be observed. You can take it to the camera and leave a picture for a long memory. For those who want to do this, NASA has published several tips. Following them, you can make a good shot even without being a professional photographer.
1. Find a dark place
We’ll have to leave town and find a place with a black sky, in which city lights are not visible. Being in the city you risk just nothing to see. Everyone who likes to watch the stars knows that the city does not fit for this at all.
2. Use a tripod
You will need to take a picture with a high shutter speed. It will not work if your camera is not extremely static. Do not rely on your hands. The camera needs to be mounted on a tripod so that it does not move at all.
3. Use the wide-angle lens
A wide-angle lens will allow you to capture more of the sky in your picture. The probability that a meteorite falls into a frame becomes much higher.
4. Use the timer or remote shutter release
As mentioned above, the camera should be absolutely static. If you are going to lower the shutter with the button on the camera, you risk breaking this static. You can use the remote shutter button, or the timer on the camera.
6. Use the manual focus
At night, automatic focusing may not give you the desired result. Use manual focus, take a few test shots and zoom them on the camera screen to see how well the stars are visible. If they are slightly blurred, correct the focus. This should be repeated until you achieve the desired result.
7. Aim the camera and calculate the shutter speed
Meteorites emanate from the constellation Perseus. Point the camera toward it. Now, divide 500 by millimeters into your lens. The resulting digit will be the result in seconds for exposure, which will allow you to see the trail from the star in the picture. For example, if you have a 20 mm lens, 25 seconds is the maximum exposure that you need. It is important not to get used to this value, as the earth spins. If you set the shutter speed to a higher value, you can capture the rotation of the stars.
8. Conduct several experiments and begin
Adjust the aperture to a lower value if the pictures go out too dark, and ISO to a larger value in the same case. Take test shots and find the settings you need. Once all the work has been done, sit down on a folding chair and wait for your hour. Good luck.