April 2021 // The Travel Edition

Tools and Techniques for Epic Landscape Photography | Ryan Brown


Night landscape photography is a niche that is sometimes overlooked. Milky Way photography is a common interest among photographers. Landscapes at night are different and present unique challenges. To photograph at night, use the moon to light the scene. I use the PhotoPills app discussed previously to determine both the time that the moon will rise, as well as what phase it will be in. The exposure in the Grand Teton image is 25 seconds at f/9 with an ISO of 2000 at about 11 pm. The moonlight, which created all the light for the scene, is coming from the upper left part of the image. The settings create a day-like exposure while also bringing out the stars. The moon was a little more than half moon. If you want to see more stars, you can photograph on a night when you have a less-lit phase of the moon. One important factor in photography that shows stars is to not go over 30 seconds. If you exceed a 30-second shutter speed, you will start to show the trails of moving stars. This will differ slightly depending on the focal length you use. In order to accomplish this, you can increase the ISO in order to lower the shutter speed accordingly.

settings: f9.0 @ 1/40 iso 20

settings: f9 @ 1/25 iso 2000

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