Gaze up at a sea of stars from some of Earth’s most majestic landscapes in these 10 shots captured by PicsArtists around the world.

These users ventured to some of the world’s most beautiful places in the dark of night, from snow-capped mountain peaks to red-rock deserts, to look up at the same night sky. The photos themselves capture the stars in mind-blowing detail and glimpse as far into space as the Milky Way Galaxy.

1. Zodiacal light glows over the horizon in the American Pacific Northwest.

starry night sky photography

2. Palm trees under the stars of Maui.

night sky and palm trees

3. The Northern Lights in Jasper National Park, Canada.

Northern lights picture

4. A sprawling wheat field underneath the stars.

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5. Graffiti set against a sparkling night sky.

night sky photo composition

6. The Milky Way emerges from behind the clouds over Mt. Hood, Oregon.

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7. Stars light up the desert sky in Oman.

desert night sky light

8. Californian redwoods circling the stars.

California night sky picture

9. The Milky Way and Delicate Arch in Utah, USA.

Milky Way photo Utah

10. Teide National Park in Tenerife, silhouetted against the stars.

Teide National Park in Tenerife

Want to capture your own starlit shots?

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Well, simply pointing up at the sky and snapping the shutter won’t cut it. Stars are so small, they often don’t even show up in photos. Here are three tips you need to take into account to capture shots like the ones above.

  • Slow Shutter Speed: Shutter speed is how long it actually takes for your camera to take the photo. To photograph stars, use a super slow shutter speed to let in lots of light. Fifteen to twenty seconds is a good shutter-speed — any more and you’ll let in too much light and your stars might show up as streaks. Just don’t forget to use a tripod — you’ll need to stabilize your camera so your shot doesn’t end up blurry.
  • Wide Aperture: The aperture is like the pupil of your camera, and, just like in your own eyes, a wide pupil lets in more light. That’s why your eyes widen in the dark. Aperture is controlled by your camera’s f-stop setting, so if you want to use a wide aperture, set your f-stop to the smallest number possible.
  • Increase the ISO: The ISO setting on digital cameras controls how sensitive your camera is to light. A higher ISO makes your camera pick up more light, but be careful about using a high ISO. High ISO can lead to noise, which means graininess, reducing the overall image quality. Still, ISO can get you over the edge when it comes to capturing enough light.

Give star photography a try, and be sure to share your shots on PicsArt with the hashtag #StarryNight so we can see the night sky from your corner of the world!


Mark is a Staff Writer at PicsArt Photo Studio. Born in Boston, USA, he is now based in Paris, France.