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How To Shoot A Glowing Tent Under The Milky Way | Video

By Anthony Thurston on October 23rd 2014

We have all seen that image, the one with the glowing tent under that star-filled sky. It’s really not a complicated process, but if you haven’t done it before, you may be wondering how it is accomplished.

adorama-tvCorey Rich explains the process to us in this wonderful tutorial video on Adorama TV. You can really see that it’s a simple process. But I wanted to add, that you don’t need the expensive gear that is displayed in this video.

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Don’t have a tripod? That is ok, use a tree stump or something else to sit your camera on. Don’t have a huge LED light panel to stick in your tent? That is ok, cheapo battery powered cupboard lights or even candles (though flames inside a tent are not recommended). Don’t have a  Nikon D4s? Use your D3200 or other APS-C body. You can still get amazing shots like this. Remember, it’s not about what gear you use, it’s how you use it.

[Via Adorama TV on YouTube]

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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.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Basit Zargar

    Thanks for such a nice article

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  2. Daniel Thullen

    Anthony, your last sentence says it all: “Remember, it’s not what gear you use, but how you use it.

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  3. Michael Moe

    That milky way shot with iso800??? ok my aps-c camera is obviously total crap… or his photoshop skills are way better than mine! ;)

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    • Brian Stalter

      By shooting at f/1.4 he is able to get a couple of stops of extra light versus say a f/2.8 or f/4 lens – most photos of the galaxy I’ve seen involved f/2.8-f/4 and the higher ISO range of around ISO3200-ISO6400.

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    • Michael Moe

      yes, that would be my settings to shoot the milky way. you could spend so much money in good gear… ;)

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    • Peter Nord

      If the sky’s not so good in your photo – composite in a bear outside the tent. Inside might be even more fun.

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  4. Kevin Sutton

    Good tips and quick video. Eventually I will be able to get to a remote location to view the night sky as it is intended.

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