Basic Tips on How to Take Amazing Photos of the Night Sky

A lot of people have been asking us how people have been achieving the amazing photos of the night sky seen in this article. Unfortunately, I’m no photographer, but merely an enthusiast of night sky photos. So, when Johann Mangusad came to the rescue with tips on night sky photography, I was more than happy to get some tips from him to share with you.


Johann took this beautiful photo at El Nido, Palawan, recently, and he says the best tip he can give is to go somewhere where where there isn’t a lot of light, like on top of a mountain or a hill. “You also have to have a good eye or an app that can detect constellations because you have to spot Sagittarius – that’s where the heart of the Milky Way always is,” he shares.

Johann also advises to invest in a good camera. He personally uses a Fujifilm mirrorless camera, but he says any camera with good high ISO quality with a long exposure setting will do. “A fast wide lens is also advisable,” he adds, “preferably around 23mm (35mm for fullframe) or wider – with an aperture of wider than f 3.5.”

After that, Johann says it’s all about playing around with the settings and composition. According to him, the wider the aperture the better. “Capturing an interesting subject in the foreground also gives the photo depth,” he says. Of course, don’t forget to bring a flashlight and a tripod! :p

Have you taken any good photos of the night sky? Share them with us! 🙂