Catching an elusive meteor is harder than one might think. I’ve wanted a shot like this (above) for at least 6 years! However, even while pursuing the most rare of photographic opportunities, there is something to be said for simply witnessing a meteor shower like Perseid’s, and seeing many of these beautiful meteors for yourself, camera or not.
Camera settings for meteors are fairly standard- A wireless trigger and a tripod are of course, essential. Next, you will want to start with F2.8, and I never moved my Fstop the whole night. Following that, you’ll want to do is turn the Autofocus off. This is because you’ll focus on infinity and lock the lens at this point. Be sure to take a separate exposure of the foreground landscape that you’re shooting, so you can blend two photos if you want later. You can leave your white balance on Auto, or adjust it to 4000°Kelvin.
Often after you return home and examine your photos more closely, you will find you’ve caught more meteors than perhaps first thought. Additionally, be sure to shoot in RAW so you have a lot of editing freedom later. Change up your composition, try portrait orientation as well as landscape.
Be courteous of other photographers around you- use your red headlamp to look at your camera, or step out of the way so as to not light up someone else nearby’s photo. Keep bear spray handy if you’re in the mountains of Alberta, and bring a lawn chair and blanket. You can set your camera to continuous shooting and just sit back and take in the show yourself! Have fun!
Check out the Meteor Shower Calendar to plan for your next opportunity.
I use the Star Walk app to help find my spots in the night sky.