Epic long exposure with the stars

Not going to lie, I got really lucky with this shot! I’ve tried to do some star photography before. Mine would turn out nasty with so much grain you couldn’t tell which dots were stars. After talking to my friend Ben Harker, I realized a couple of things. 1. My Canon Rebel Ti1 was way too long and the sensor wouldn’t be good enough for the types of shots I wanted. 2. You really have to balance ISO and your shutter speed ( I had my ISO too low and shutter speed too long) and 3. You need to check the stars/weather. You can’t really shoot a nice starry sky with the moon outshining them, Also it is good ti know when & where the milky way will be that night.

Now to get the epic shot, you gotta do some experimenting. You want to set your exposure for the sky, but keep your shutter open long enough that you have time to paint your foreground. Light painting can be tricky if you’re not paying attention, so don’t worry if it doesn’t work out the first couple of times.

Alli Brock - Epic - Stars - Long Exposure

This was a crazy lucky shot. Although it didn’t get the bottom level of the cabin, and a weird grass highlight, it’s not bad for our first try!

Alli Brock - Epic - Stars - Long Exposure

This was my second shot. I couldn’t believe this came straight out of my camera! The epic sky and the beautiful detail on the trees and cabin was perfect. I’m sad that winter is coming because we’ll have less chance of clear skies. This made me really excited to shoot more starry skies and maybe even some star trails!

If you want to learn more about Light Painting, check out Jan Leonardo. He is a photographer who specializes in creative ways to light paint!