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Shoot for the Stars: A Star Trail Tutorial from Tony Northrup

By Anthony Thurston on May 22nd 2013

I love shooting stars and nightscapes, sadly though I hardly ever have the patience for it. Not only that but since I live in the Pacific Northwest the nights that I have to choose from for shooting are limited due to constant rain and cloud cover most months out of the year.

Regardless, I came across this very well done tutorial on doing star trail photography from Tony Northrup. Its promoting his book, so take that into mind – but the tutorial itself was very helpful to me when I was looking to learn more about shooting star trails. In the video Tony goes from how to choose good nights to shoot the stars all the way to how to process them. You can check it out below.



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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

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  1. Joshua Tree Star Trail Photo – How We Shot It

    […] PS:  For a few more tips on how to plan and execute star trail images, check out this tutorial video we posted a few months ago HERE. […]

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  2. Tony Northrup

    Here’s the full-sized finished photo if anyone cares to see it:

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  3. Guest

    Here’s the full-sized finished photo if anyone cares to see it:

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  4. Melissa Clark Carswell

    Awesome! Thank you for this.

    Question: What is the best site to get StarStax from? I see several places to download it but want to make sure it’s a legit site for computer safety. :)

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