Weekly Challenge - Starry Night Photography

Weekly Challenge – Starry Night Photography


This week we had some Beginners Tips for Night Sky and Star Photography by one of our newest dPS writers, Phillip VanNostrand. Earlier today I shared a collection of Dreamy Star Photography.

By Dennis Behm

So, now it ‘s your turn. Get out into the night and photograph some stars for this week’s challenge:

Starry Night Photography

Here are a few more starry night photos to get you motivated, inspired and ready to go shoot.

By Bill Shupp

By Kris Williams

By slworking2

By Tom Bricker

By David Kingham

By Brian Hawkins

Need more help with some tips and tutorials? Try these:

Share your starry night photography

Simply upload your shot into the comment field (look for the little camera icon in the Disqus comments section as pictured below) and they’ll get embedded for us all to see or if you’d prefer upload them to your favourite photo sharing site and leave the link to them. Okay, ready to impress us?


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  • Nice!! Oh what a difference the absence of light pollution makes! Excellent work. You should submit that to APOD.

  • Casey Grimley

    So close yet so far.
    Taken from Mt. Ben Lomond (9,712 ft), Utah just last weekend. 180° pano shows the city of Logan on the left and Ogden on the right. 2 rows of 6 photos.

  • Bruce Wunderlich

    star gazing on a cool spring night in Hocking Hills near Logan Ohio

  • Brooke

    Self portrait at the sand dunes between California and Arizona – the light pollution is Yuma, but I like it because it sort of looks like a dawn.

  • Brooke

    Whoa, this is beautiful. Is this the result of just one shot?

  • The DPS articles are very helpful. I mention them frequently on my blog such as in this post: http://imagesofmybackyard.com/2014/05/24/night-lights-2/ Thanks for continuing to provide great information!

  • I too didn’t see any meteors but did get some great milky way shots. Nice silhouetted foreground.

  • Gary Paakkonen


    Northern lights with some stars trying to poke through. Swift Current, Saskatchewan

  • Noel Benadom

    Thanks Brooke. It’s an 8 shot panorama.

  • Jonathan Rodriguez

    My first attempt at shooting at night

  • Guest

    WAs on a holiday in Sri Lanka, lost my sleep in the middle of the night, peeped out of hotel window and Wow!! Lost no time in grabbing my camera and tripod and remote shutter release. A shooting star too passed by.

  • Subramoniam Sivaramakrishnan

    Not as stunning as many others. Lost my sleep in the middle of the night and peeped out of our hotel window while on a holiday in Sri Lanka. Wow!!!

  • Subramoniam Sivaramakrishnan

    Awesome shot

  • mrsjpvan2

    This was my first attempt from my house. It’s a very boring shot but I was so excited. The photos posted here are inspiring! I want to do more!

  • mrsjpvan2


  • Norm Levin

    There’s some amazing images posted on this page. Here’s my attempt taken on a family camping trip in California’s Sierra Nevada range. You may also want to submit them to Earth Sky News, which publishes photos like these: http://earthsky.org/

  • Here is my first attempt a few months ago – sky was not as clear as normal in these parts of the country on that night. Taken at Hokianga Harbour Entrance – North of the North Island of NZ

  • maria martins

    That is a shame i have no starrs in london.

  • Carlos Berganza

    moving clouds

  • Sarah

    Milkyway over my house

  • Damil?la Ogunbiyi

    Here’s from about two years ago outside my house in Lagos. There was no electricity (as usual) and I was bored to death as I was still waiting for a set of new novels to read. It was my first attempt then and I know it’s not good. I should be going out with a mate into the American woods sometime this summer so I should be able to get a much better shot then.

  • Elizabeth Seaver

    thats awesome i hope to do this month for the first time

  • Guest

    The first picture was my first attempt at star trails, The second one was the second one i have tried i think i needed to have the camera pointed up a little more..

  • Elizabeth Seaver

    This was my first and second attempt at star trails

  • ijerry

    I did a different starry night – Van Gogh painted the “Starry Night over the Rhone” in Arles, France. While the night was overcast, I did take some photos from the same spot in Arles from which he painted…

  • ijerry

    I did a different starry night – Van Gogh painted the “Starry Night over the Rhone” in Arles, France. While the night was overcast, I did take some photos from the same spot in Arles from which he painted…

  • A.J.

    This shot was taken at Death Valley National Park (U.S.) – at the Devil’s Golf Course site.

  • jhsvdm

    Not quite dreamy, but an almost abstract trail of the Southern sky stars made of a stack of 118 exposures of 30 sec each, ISO of 640 and f 4.5. The hills in the distance and the glowing light of a faraway town give more perspective to the image.

  • Higbe33

    I really like this shot. Nice idea and well done.

  • Brian Kusko

    This is my first successful attempt at star trail photography. With the help of a free program called StarStax, a little patience and my intervalometer, this shot made me happy. Any questions?

  • This is a shot I took last year from Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park. It was pitch black and I was standing on a small ledge next to a 4,000 foot drop. Pretty scary but I had to get the shot. The trees are actually lit up by the huge RIM fire that lit up the Eastern sky!

  • Michael Owens

    I would love to know the way you achieved this photo! Exposure time, lens, settings etc! Its fantastic!

  • Michael Owens

    If they are all this good, post more! 🙂

  • Sandra Getuba

    I recently took this picture in Africa. It’s that perfect moment at dusk. Unfortunately, there were no stars out that night. Just the lonely but beautiful crescent moon. I call it “Under African Skies”.

  • Guest

    My very first attempt at astro photography, this image was taken at Booderee National Park (Australia).

  • A.J.

    This image was taken at Booderee National Park (Australia).

  • A.J.

    The aurora and Milky Way – Bettles, Alaska (January, -51F outside temp.)

  • Noel Benadom

    Hi Brooke. Sorry I didn’t see the message until now. Thanks for the comment. This is a panorama of I think 6 shots from right to left.

  • Kim Hart

    Milky Way over Mt. Rainier. The white dots on the mountain face are climbers.

  • Kim Hart

    Whoops, pic didn’t upload. 🙂

  • mordreads

    I always wanted to know about Digital Photography forum. So after a google search I found http://bestphotoforum.com/

  • Bill Bates

    photography is an art… and is not an easy job for everyone.

  • Dan Witter

    A self-portrait of myself at night at Picture Lake along Mount Baker Highway in Whatcom County, WA. In the background is Mount Shuksan. The moon is illuminating me.

  • carol

    Sky at blue hour

  • Simon White


    I took this on last Wednesday night whilst camping at Lochnagar on the Queens estate near Balmoral, Aberdeenshire. Hope you like it ?

  • Kim Passmore

    A photog friend and I went out for the first time to photograph the milky way in May and achieved pretty good results for newbies. I was on the Oregon coast in June and decided for my 2nd attempt, to try to capture the entire arch. This is a 16 pano shot though I probably overlapped more than I needed (it was hard to see reference points in the dark!). Lightroom couldn’t stitch it so I ended up trying MS ICE in September and it did it. I was so excited to see the final result. I’m officially hooked on astro. Unfortunately in BC we have only seen rain, rain, rain for the last couple of months so no starry nights. Hopefully soon:) https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d5dc23099fa1bff286baa71b33d9f095743054a2e01c61399090ad457605e278.jpg

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