This is a very quick post! I just found these photos from our trip to Fuerteventura where, we had a little challenge of trying to photograph the night sky.

Seeing as I’d already done Northern Lights photography a couple of times, I was pretty sure this was gonna be a walk in the park. Surely it was the same kind thing. Except I had just bought a new camera (it wasn’t even that new, I’d had it for a few months by that point). I’d also never really tried to photograph the sky at night – given the light pollution in Central London, where I live, its probably easy to understand why.

Anyway, we returned to the colourful mountains where we’d been earlier in the day (see below) and with no houses for miles, it seemed like a pretty perfect opportunity to try it out.

Windmills, Mountains, Little Farms And Sleepy Towns... In Fuerteventura, The Canary Islands (8)

As it turns out, the same principles kinda apply for Northern Light photography but it’s sooooooo not the same thing. (I’ve got the tips for Northern Lights photography if you’re interested – along with some for general night time photography).

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Generally, switch your camera to manual instead of auto and go for a combo of the following 3 settings:

1.) Lowest F stop on your camera (the lower the F-stop value, the more light your camera allows in e.g. f/1.2 will allow a lot more light than f/8).

2.) Low ISO (100 – 400, perhaps). If you go too high, the photo ends up really grainy (i.e. noisy).

3.) Longest exposure possible. Most cameras can do up to 30 seconds without you touching it. If you want any longer (e.g. 120 seconds can turn out quite great Northern Lights photos), you need to go to bulb mode – bulb mode lets you do it as long as you want but you do have to hold the shutter down, hence why you need a remote for bulb mode. You do need a tripod for this though.

Anyway, long story short – here are some of the photos from my night time photography session in Fuerteventura.

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I’ve gotta admit, I’m not one for photographing the stars at home (it kinda reminds me of flower photography – the go-to photos for anyone who’s just bought a new camera) but after our time in Fuerteventura, I’m a total convert and have a new found appreciation for how beautiful the night sky can be. There’s still room for improvement of course (editing the photos for one – this edit on them is an older one) but that’s one challenge I’m very happy to take on. 🙂

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  • Breath-taking photos! You can never get sick of mother nature huh?!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks so much, Kate. It’s an incredible place and the scenery was so stunning.

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Beautiful beautiful beautiful! I love starry skies! It’s one thing I really miss now, living in London.
    I don’t have a real camera so I’ve never even tried to photograph stars. Maybe one day!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Same! Living in London makes you forget that stars even exist! We rarely ever see them in the city 🙁

      It’s so beautiful to see when you’re in the countryside. 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • How amazing is that night sky?! Please tell me what camera and settings you used for the pictures! I tried to take night sky pictures while in iceland but there was too much light from the moon :L

    Isobel x

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    • HandLuggageOnly

      Hey Isobel… ah yes, the moon can be a pain. We used a Canon 6d for these… Can’t remember the exact settings but we played around with the ISO and f value until we got a clear shot 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

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