Question by Jay: What are the best lens for taking pictures at night for my T3i camera?
I want to take pictures of the night sky, stars, and really low light environments, and get the best possible picture.
What do you guys recommend?
Answer by EDWIN
First, invest in a good tripod.
Second, learn how to set your camera in Manual because you’ll have to be in full control.
Third, for exposures longer than 30 seconds you’ll need a locking remote release and you’ll have to know how to access the Bulb (B) setting on your shutter speed. For exposures of 30 seconds or less you can use the camera’s self-timer. When using Bulb for exposures longer than 30 seconds you’ll need the Canon Remote Switch RS-60E3.
Fourth, for star trails reference this site: http://www.danheller.com/star-trails
Fifth, for other low-light exposures reference this site which I use and recommend:
I chose the Scene ‘Distant view of city skyline or floodlit buildings’ and used ISO 200 for these pictures of the Louisville, Kentucky skyline as seen from the Indiana side of the Ohio River:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/drifter45h/4048051455/ 100mm @ f11, exposure for 30 seconds.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/drifter45h/4048796836/ 200mm @ f11, exposure for 30 seconds.
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