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Free Admission to National Parks = Time to Try Out Timelapse Night Photography

By Hanssie on August 23rd 2014

Happy 98th birthday to the U.S. National Park service! To celebrate, everyone is invited to visit any of the 403 National Parks in the U.S. for free on Monday, August 25th (does not include reservation, camping, or tour fees).

This is a perfect opportunity to try out that astro timelapse you’ve been wanting to fiddle around with. And just in time to help you navigate the very cold and sleepless night air, is this video from Jay P. Morgan of The Slanted Lens.  Jay gives us some really good and easy to understand tips for us novice timelapse night photographers. For you intermediate photographers out there, this might be too basic for you, and I recommend you check out articles from our writer and seasoned astro timelapse photographer, Matthew Saville for some inspiration.

[REWIND: HOW TO SHOOT THE MILKY WAY THAT IS OBSCURED BY EXTREME LIGHT POLLUTION IN SINGAPORE]

time-lapse-night-finalFor the rest of us, Jay takes us through some basic knowledge of the Milky Way and what app he uses to locate it and when it will be visible, what settings he uses and what to bring. Some of the gear he recommends are:

Tamron 24-70mm
Canon 16-35mm EF Lens
Vanguard ABEO Plus 323AT
Rosco LitePad
Canon TC-80N3
NeroTrigger

This is a great little video for those you who who have been wanting to try astro timelapse photography, but didn’t know where to start. Have fun and stay warm!

For more info on the free admission to the National Parks, click here.

[Via The Slanted Lens]

About

Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at www.hanssie.com. Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Ralph Hightower

    Great info with a cookie cutter recipe for photographing the Milky Way: ISO 2000, Shutter: 20 seconds, f/stop 2.8. Well, I need a faster lens for my 5D since the kit lens is F4; the 5D can shoot a higher ISO. I also want to try my hand with film, but no time lapse; I have a few expired rolls of Kodak TMAX 3200 in the freezer, gamma rays be damned. I can also push Portra 800 to 1600 or 2000. My Canon FD lenses are 28mm f2.8 and 50mm f1.8.

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  2. Brandon Dewey

    Great video with a lot of great tips!

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