All of you aspiring nightscape/star photographers out there take note, coming up on the nights of August 11th-12th and 12th-13th the Perseid Meteor shower will be making its yearly appearance. It is one of the best times of year to try and capture some amazing images with meteors shooting across the sky.
According to NASA the Perseid Meteor Shower produces more visible fireballs than any of the other yearly Meteor Showers that occur. At their peak there can be up to 50 meteors streaking across the sky during a given hour, which as you can imagine makes for a really neat picture opportunity. The best time to try and capture these images according to NASA is between 10:30pm and 4:30am in your local time.
If you are interested in trying to get some shots of the meteor shower here are a few tips to get you started.
- Bring a Tripod and Cable Release – Chances are your shutter speed will be longer in some cases, meaning you will need to stabilize your camera. Even if its not longer, a tripod should be in your kit.
- Go out into the Country – Get as far away from cities and lights as you can. The less light leak into the sky the easier it will be to get pleasing images.
- Shoot for a shutter speed between 15 seconds and 30 seconds.
- Spend a few hours, try different settings and experiment to see what gets you the best results.
For more tips on how to capture a meteor shower, check out Matthew Saville’s video article HERE.
Are you planning on taking this opportunity to take some images of the night sky? Let us know your plans in a comment below.