9. Aim for the stars
Some of the most beautiful travel photos are also the most difficult to take, including those of the stars. Use these steps to give yourself a sporting chance:
Step 1: Use a wide-angle lens (wider than 18 mm) and a tripod.
Step 2: Switch to Manual Mode (M) and choose a shutter speed of 30 seconds and the lowest possible aperture (f-value) – the closer to f/2.8 the better.
Step 3: Push up your ISO-value to 1600.
Step 4: Switch over to Manual Focus on your lens (MF instead of AF) and turn your focus ring all the way to infinity and then bring it back a millimetre. Getting perfect focus on the stars can be very tricky, so may have to try this a few times.
Step 5: Activate the camera’s 2-second timer and take the photo.
Step 6: It will probably take a good 10 or 15 photos before you get the desired result, so play around with your focus, composition and ISO-value (which will influence the brightness of the scene) and don’t hesitate to place a subject like a tree, or safari vehicle in this case, in the foreground.