Astrophotography With My Sony Alpha

11/04/2015

The Sony A5100 Mirrorless Camera can seriously pack a punch when it comes to its abilities. Not to mention, it isn’t as expensive as other cameras! I have always wanted to capture the stars in a photo, but I knew I couldn’t afford a really good DSLR camera (yet!). Which is why I’m so glad I found this compact digital mirrorless camera, it’s simply perfect for all my travels, plus it can capture the stars!!!

When I bought my Sony Alpha, I never planned on using it for astrophotography. Not until recently, when I saw on Sony Alpha’s Instagram that this mirrorless camera can take shots of the night sky. So I started researching about how to achieve it. I only started learning landscape photography, so it was kind of hard for me to understand most terms at first. Eventually, it all made sense, and I was very excited about learning this technique on my own.

Here are the four steps I typically follow when aiming for astrophotography:

  1. Go for the widest aperture (f/2.8)
  2. Use a high ISO range (about 2000-3200) *Note that the Sony A5100 tends to show noise if ISO is set too high. Adjust as needed.
  3. Experiment with long exposure using the slow shutter (this depends on how much light you have in your surroundings. In my case, the moon was rising and we had a low light campfire on our site, so I knew I had to just go for 5-10 seconds)
  4. Use manual focus, and focus your camera on the brightest star before taking the shot.

After a lot of failed shots, I got lucky with 4 decent photos of our campsite amidst the beautiful starry sky.

testastrophotography-sony-alpha-4As a beginner, I am so happy and proud of these takes! Now I look forward to practicing more and trying it out again in our next camping trip.

xx Sassy


Check out my Northern Lights / Aurora Borealis capture with the Sony a5100!

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