Luckily, where words fail a photo will always speak. Astrophotography (the art of photographing the stars) is one of my personal favorite forms of photography. It enables you to capture moments that most people will never have the opportunity to see for themselves. It inspires you to hit the trail in total darkness and experience the wilderness while the rest of the world is asleep. And thanks to the ever-innovative camera technology of this decade, getting shots like these isn’t nearly as complicated as it may seem.
When it comes to astrophotography, your smart phone isn’t going to cut it. Smartphones are awesome for casual photography, but the stars are still uncharted territory for most phones. The good news is, if you have a DSLR or mirrorless camera and the lens that came with it, you probably already have everything you need to head out and shoot the astral planes. If you are lucky enough to have a handful of different lenses to choose from, opt for a wide, fast lens. The ideal focal length would be between 8mm-50mm and the ideal aperture would be f/4.5 and below. Don’t sweat if your lenses are outside either of those ranges though, the best lens is the one you have with you. Use whatever you’ve got. Once you’ve picked your lenses, don’t forget to grab your tripod. You’re going to be taking long exposures, so a tripod is absolutely necessary to keep the camera still while you shoot.