019-2020 – Stars Photography with a twist

Today, I’ll teach you how to take stars photography without even stepping outside.

Stars photography

Sometimes, I like to capture star trails like these.

Star trails from underneath the table

If you wish to be able to take similar images, you will need a table or a clothes dryer, a fluffy blanket, a small tripod, a phone holder, a smartphone and the £1.99 Slow shutter cam app. Works best if the room is bright. Next, hide underneath the blanket and start shooting.

Stars photography setup

The idea came to me when my daughter asked me to build her a house so she can play with her toys. The clothes dryer was clear so I just threw a fluffy blanket on top and the house was ready.

Stars photography from underneath a clothes dryer

I was invited to the house warming party. Once inside, I saw how the light was shining through the blanket and started taking photos. My photos came out a bit blurry, because the “Night sky” (blanket) was moving and I was shooting handheld. To improve the outcome, I moved the blanket on top of a table and used a small tripod to stabilise the shot. I even used a torch to illuminate the bottom of the gram to imitate light pollution from a city in the distance.
In conclusion, I have had a nice afternoon with my daughter and would be only fair to choose one of the images to be the image of day 19, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020.

Light trails underneath the blanket

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