Trying to take photo of the stars and are you unsatisfactory with the quality of photos without lens using an optical zoom? Photographing the night sky and stars in the night sky is not nearly as easy as photographing them in daylight.
But that certainly doesn’t mean you can’t take good photos of the stars or night sky with your phone! In fact, with a basic knowledge of exposure and aperture control, you can master astrophotography, plus learn the basics of photography that you can use in the future when shooting with a DSLR.
What you can expect from a night sky photo taken with a mobile phone
You can rest assured that the quality of night sky photos taken with a smartphone or mobile phone camera will not be as good as with high-end DSLR cameras. However, your night sky photos will be good enough to impress on Instagram, Facebook and other social media platforms.
What you’ll need to take photos of the stars in the night sky
The night sky is best photographed with a long exposure time. This requires you to hold your camera still for a longer period of time than normal photography. That’s why you need to have a tripod or makeshift pad.
One of the most important things is that the photographer is in a dark place (no, the balcony of your city apartment won’t work). So go to a place where there is a clear sky without public lighting. That way your photos won’t be disturbed by any light source near you.
The third and most important thing is to download a few camera apps on your iPhone or Android phone. While some phones come with a professional mode for manual control, third-party professional camera apps will give you the same or even better control over your phone. The best professional photography apps are Camera FV-5, Candy Camera, and ProCamera.
How to take pictures of the stars with your mobile phone
Assuming you’ve already installed the recommended app, launch it and go into professional mode. Then point your smartphone camera at the stars. Avoid taking a photo of the night sky with the moon in the frame, its light will throw off your light balance and make your photo a photo of a moon without stars.
Now for the technical part: switch focus to manual focus and then tap the area on the display you want to focus on. Set the exposure time to eight seconds, or more if your phone allows. With a longer exposure time, your camera will capture more light, but make sure your photos aren’t washed out. Depending on the amount of light, set the ISO to 400-800. Now tap the shutter button. Wait for the image to process. Be sure not to shake your phone or the mat underneath it while the image is processing. When taking pictures of the night sky, it is more practical to use the shutter timer or remote shutter release from your watch, for example.