With the Perseid meteor shower coming to an end, I’ve got the itch to take more celestial photography. My camera should be good enough to take some reasonable pictures, but as I learned last night, I need one more accessory if I am ever going to take the high quality, detailed shots I am looking for: a remote shutter control.
See, last night, the maximum setting for keeping my shutter open on my camera was thirty seconds, which while very long, isn’t long enough to let the small pinhead sized starlights be picked up by my camera. Sitting it on a tripod, twenty minutes outside of Walkerton, I tried shot after shot, setting after setting to increase the quality and detail of my photos, but alas, none of them turned out exactly as I would have hoped.
There is a setting on my camera called Bulb, and what this does is let me keep the shutter open for as long as my finger is on the shutter release button. Unfortunately, I don’t have a very still hand, and any of the shots where I held the shutter open for a minute are blurry due to my interaction with the camera.
Thankfully, I was able today to find a remote shutter tool that plugs into the camera, and allows me to lock the shutter open for as long as I would like. I could, in theory keep the shutter open for one photo until the battery died. Some people have created stunning night shots by keeping the shutter open for five, ten, and even thirty minutes at a time and I am really looking forward to doing the same.
While I live in an area with relatively low light pollution, I want to take advantage of the night sky as much as possible. I quickly searched around and found someone who just yesterday posted the remote trigger I wanted to purchase on Kijiji, and so I contacted him, and he agreed to ship it to me post haste.
By Monday or Tuesday next week, I should hopefully have a remote trigger for my camera, and on clear nights, you’ll probably find me out on the road looking for spots to take beautiful starlit shots.