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:
- Go for the widest aperture (f/2.8)
- 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.
- 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)
- 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.
As 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.
Check out my Northern Lights / Aurora Borealis capture with the Sony a5100!