The peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower is peaking this weekend (Aug. 12, 2017) and will be perhaps the most popular meteor shower of the year.

 

Here is a checklist on what do you need to shoot the Perseids.

 

Location

Find a dark, open sky away from city lightings to enjoy the show.

 

Tripod

Tripod is very helpful, but if you don’t have a tripod, you can mount your camera up on a solid surface.

 

Lenses

Use a wide-angle lens in the range 28-50mm to photograph a meteor shower.

 

Focus

Set the camera and lens to manual focus and pre-focus at infinity.

 

Aperture

Meteors are point sources that last just a second or two, so open the lens fully by selecting the lowest f-number.

 

ISO

Even if you don’t like it, it’s recommended to use high ISO – 1600 or even more. If your camera allows you to set ISO 6400 – do it.

 

Exposure

Set the camera to manual exposure mode and use longer exposures. Make some test shots using 10, 15, and 30 seconds to find your best settings.

 

Last but not least – use RAW file format as this allows you to adjust the color balance much better than the automatic settings saved in JPEG images.

 


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