Night sky photography

Wanna catch the Milky Way but what’s wrong

like this one

I’m newbie in photography. I’ve been trying to catch the Milky Way it stars trials.

But I always end up with dark noisy picture with blurred stars and even faint ones. Unlike the second picture I’m trying to achieve.

I had entry level canon eos. ISO set at max. Maximum shutter speed was 60 seconds. And lens was I think f1/8

What am I doing wrong? What do I need to adjust?

Manual photography cheat sheet — where can I find one, or what should be on it?

I have been trying to shoot more in manual modes (both camera and flash). At this point, I understand all the concepts, but all the adjustments slow me down.

I’d like to have a “cheat sheet” with all the basic calculations/tables on it that I can refer to in order to speed up the process, in a format that I can easily keep in my camera bag.

Does anyone know of a good sheet, or alternatively, if I create it what information should I include?

At the moment I’d like to have at least:

  • an f-stop list (just full stops)
  • basic guide number information

How to get exposure right in night photography?

In this link there are some wonderful night time scenes (#4,6,7,9,10,11,13). I’m wondering how the photographer got the exposure right. In my experience my camera metering will overexpose everything once it gets darker.

Would the photographer have used a manual setting and just hope it was right, or are there some metering settings that work in low light conditions?

What are the options?

Upgrade path for indoor sports photography from 7D + Samyang 85mm f/1.4 MF lens

I regularly shoot video and photo at ice skating events with a Canon 7D + Samyang 85mm f/1.4 manual focus lens. I set the ISO at 6400 and with the aperture at 11, I have most of the ice rink in focus.

I always follow the same pattern: making photos during the warm-up and video for the dance itself.

Unfortunately, light conditions sometimes force me to open up to 4, and manual focus gets really hard to get right on fast-moving ice skaters.

I thought of switching to an X-mount system with Fujifilm X-E3 and an XF 56mm f/1.2 lens, but did not have a chance to try it out. Is the manual focus easier with an EVF? They seem to have a few modes that help manual focus, but what about the EVF lag?

Any other recommendation? Sony A7S is somewhat pricey, and I am not sure that it can autofocus well enough for my needs either.

I can also switch from 7D to 5DmkII and still shoot at 720p/50fps with an extra sensitivity of a bigger sensor. But this will mean losing some DOF, so what’s the point?

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I just bought a cannon rebel t6, I’m new to photography and I’m confused as to how to know what size filter or pedal cover to buy? [duplicate]

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  • How do I find the right size of filters for a lens? 6 answers

I know it sounds like a vacuous question, however I have not been able to find info on this topic. Sizing of filter and lenses. I bought some filters for my camera and they didn’t fit. Camera sets 55mm so I bought 55mm. Wrong!. Any help out there?

What are the crucial camera features for portrait, landscape, sports, wedding, OR travel photography?

I am collecting some ideas about which camera features photographers see as essential for different kinds of photography. (BTW, this is not for shopping nor for education; I am interested in what features camera users pay attention to for different uses. I have my own ideas but am interested in the informed choices of you all, as each of us has different experiences and preferences.)

Although of course the lens paired with the camera is in fact an major part of the combination, please concentrate on the features of the (digital) camera body as far as possible.

I am thinking mainly about categories of photography, and a person could answer for one or more than one. Probably contributions derived from experience rather than theory, will be most useful, so I’d love it if you answer based on types of photography in which you have a fair amount of experience. The categories are:
*travel
*landscape
*portrait
*sports / action
*events (e.g. weddings, concerts, parties, corporate events)
*macro / simple table-top product photography

The question is: If you take mostly portraits, what features would you prefer in a portrait camera? If you photograph landscapes, please tell me a few camera features are essential for you (and these could be of many types: for example, huge dynamic range, or fast autofocus speed, or fast burst shooting, in-camera focus stacking, customizable buttons, lightweight body, fabulous resolution, or large pixel pitch). Please give no more than five features for each type of photography, as I am interested in seeing how preferences vary for different kinds of photography.

I am curious as to what nuggets of gold might be in the answers. Thanks in advance for your time!