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Photographing Meteor Showers From Planning to Post Processing Fourth and final post in the mini series

Photographing Meteor Showers  
From Planning to Post Processing
Fourth and final post in the mini series



Post Processing
This is the portion of the series that most people have probably waited for.  In this post I will be sharing my techniques used to create the composition of the Orionid Meteor Shower.  

Hopefully you were lucky enough to capture some images of some relatively bright meteors.  I personally always find this next part quite laborious.  This is the time that you have to go through each and every image to look for meteor streaks.  The Orionid image to the right had over 300 images that I went through.  You are looking for the brighter meteor trails.  You will also want to weed out the trails from aircraft and other unwanted trails.

I usually use a rating system to rank the images.  This way I only select the better ones to work with.  This will make things a bit easier for you.

First thing I blend is the background image.  Sometimes you will use only one shot.  In this case I u…

Photographing Meteor Showers From Planning to Post Processing third post in the mini series

Photographing Meteor Showers  
From Planning to Post Processing
third post in the mini series



Camera Settings and Composition
The one setting that will be 90% consistent when you are photographing meteor showers, or any type of astrophotography for that matter, is the aperture that you use.  You will want it to be "Wide open" or as close to wide open as you can while still getting good quality out of your lens.  Some lenses are better than others so I won't delve into saying use f4 or f2.8 or f5.6.  This setting will vary from lens to lens.  I can tell you that the faster or wider you can keep it, the better.
As for the other settings, they will vary from shot to shot.  Settings will also vary depending on the subject that you are shooting, the darkness of the surrounding sky, and the focal length of the lens.
One thing that I'll mention to you is to always take a few practice / test shots.  It's not like you're wasting film!!!   In fact, not taking and examining p…

Photographing Meteor Showers From Planning to Post Processing second post in the mini series

Photographing Meteor Showers  
From Planning to Post Processing
second post in the mini series
Before beginning I will state that moving beyond this point is done so at your own risk.  I will not, and can not be held responsible for injury or damage to your equipment, your person, or a third party.  You are hopefully a responsible adult and can make decisions based upon your own experience.  I never would endorse an illegal activity or one that would put someone at risk.



The focus of this post will be planning your evening shot.  We will cover the things you need to have a successful evening / morning of shooting.

In order to plan a good shot there are several things that you need to keep in mind.  Some of these are equipment related, some are related to safety, and others are related to the skies.
I feel the best way to go about transferring my knowledge to you is to actually go through the series of steps that I take before going out shooting.

What is my subject
Like all styles of photogr…

Photographing Meteor Showers From Planning to Post Processing first post in the mini series

Photographing Meteor Showers  
From Planning to Post Processing
first post in the mini series
Before beginning I will state that moving beyond this point is done so at your own risk.  I will not, and can not be held responsible for injury or damage to your equipment, your person, or a third party.  You are hopefully a responsible adult and can make decisions based upon your own experience.  I never would endorse an illegal activity or one that would put someone at risk.



This was instantly one of the favorite images in my collection.  It was also the inspiration for this blog post. Several people expressed an interest in how this photograph was made. Nothing in this photograph is “made up”, it is however several images that have been blended together to produce a single image of the Orionid Meteor Shower. This intent of this series of posts is to provide a sort of “walk through” on producing this image.  In it I will discuss everything from equipment used, to planning the shot, to proce…