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.



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



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



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



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



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



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.



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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