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D5200 star trail picture questions

John Gabriel

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John Gabriel Registered since 20th Jun 2013
Mon 01-Jul-13 05:29 AM

I just bought my D5200 and tried to take some star trail pictures with it and I get the error saying "subject is too dark". Is there a way to bypass this feature? How do you guys take pictures like this? That you in advance for your help!

mareng

Thatcham. GB, UK
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#1. "RE: D5200 star trail picture questions" | In response to Reply # 0

mareng Registered since 14th Jan 2013
Mon 01-Jul-13 12:25 PM | edited Mon 01-Jul-13 12:28 PM by mareng

I've done it with a D3100 which is a similar camera.

Try,
* Tripod
* Manual Exposure
* F5.6
* Shutter Speed 30 seconds ( Bulb and minutes if you have a remote shutter release cable about £25 in UK) and they come with leads to fit quite a few Nikon cameras, plus an extension cable.
* High ISO
Modify ISO if too bright, then F#

No doubt I will get shot down in flames, but experiment in Manual, forget the presets.
Try , Try and try again till you have something that suits.
In the UK it is finding a night without cloud cover.

You could also try light trails from cars.
Tripod,Manual Exp,ISO 100, F22, Shutter 30 seconds

Good luck

Mareng

grnzbra

Springfield, US
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grnzbra Silver Member Nikonian since 28th Sep 2011
Mon 01-Jul-13 12:43 PM

>You could also try light trails from cars.


You might also want to try light trails of airplanes. They're kinda neat too.

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MEMcD

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#3. "RE: D5200 star trail picture questions" | In response to Reply # 0

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Mon 01-Jul-13 05:17 PM

Hi John,

Welcome to Nikonians!

>I just bought my D5200 and tried to take some star trail
>pictures with it and I get the error saying "subject is
>too dark". Is there a way to bypass this feature?

Congratulations on your new D5200.
Yes! You will have to use Manual exposure mode and Manual ISO.
For shooting Star Trails you will more than likely have to use Manual Focus as well.
Setting the focus distance to infinity.

>How do you guys take pictures like this?

There are two ways to go about shooting star trails.
For both you will need a stable tripod and a remote shutter release like the Nikon MC-DC2. You should find a location with as little light pollution as possible under a new moon (black sky).
1. Shooting a single very long exposure possibly as long as 80 min.
Set the aperture wide open at small f/# (f/2.8 or f/4).
Set the ISO to the base setting (ISO 100)
Set the shutter speed to Bulb.
You will then have to experiment to find the most appropriate shutter speed for the conditions and scene you are shooting.

2. Shoot multiple images and combine them via Image Stacking in PP.
Again set the aperture wide open (f/2.8 or f/4).
Use a shutter speed beteen 30 sec. to 1 min.
Adjust the ISO as required for a correct exposure.
Then download the images to your computer and combine them using photo editing software.

Keep in mind that it takes practice and quite a bit of trial and error to get it right.
Also the cameras meter is almost useless for shooting star trails.

Best Regards,
Marty

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