Star Trails Photography Tutorial: Free Software




In this tutorial I will show you my workflow to do star trails!

First, check out my friend- Emeric Le Bars’ web site on time lapse: https://emericlebars.com/

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Here is the workflow:

1. Shoot at around 2000 to 4000 ISO with an F2.8 or F4 wide angle camera, between 12 to 16 mm.

2. Focus on infinity until the star looks small and precise when you zoom in.

3. Make sure to shoot raw on a tripod and at a speed of 15 to 30 seconds max.

4. In Lightroom, import and correct the first photo, making sure you have a good contrast and a dark result with most of the stars appearing.

5. Use this really cool free software to blend the photos as shown in the video:

http://www.markus-enzweiler.de/software/software.html

Happy shooting, of course, try to shoot at the new moon!

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  1. quelle belle idée de nous faire connaître Emeric, merci Serge ! c'est du beau travail qu'il fait et ça donne envie de tenter l'aventure du timelapse, pas encore explorer pour ma part.pourrais-tu refaire des tuto en français stp ? tu parles vite en anglais (ton enthousiasme est visible !!!) et j'ai du mal à comprendre tes explications techniques, qui sont tellement enrichissantes pour progresser dans la photo, que nous aimons tous partager… merci pour ta réponse si tu en as le temps

  2. I've done it recently for the first time, it is not that difficult. Here is the result -> https://www.flickr.com/photos/drkucalo/29679781956/in/dateposted-public/

    The only thing which is difficult (well, for me) was sitting there for over on hour. There is wood all around that place, and it is scary as hell, so I was pointing the light from my phone towards it when something would make a sound.

    Moreover, as far as focusing, I actually didn't try focusing at stars, but rather at fists and i believe it worked.

    So, in overall – camera, wide angle lens, tripod, intervalometer and a computer.

  3. Can you do those kind of photos at base ISO (100 or so). You will have longer exposures but theirfor you may not need as many exposures. IMHO it shouldnt be a problem that the stars begins to move with exposures above 30 sec or so… after all the goal of the excercise is to make a star trail.
    I mean if it wouldnt be for noise (and fear of overheating) you should even be able to to it in one exposure… if you leave your shutter open for a couple of hours……

    BTW. something like TriggerTrap should help!

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