beautiful photos of a meteor shower is not
as tough as one might imagine.
Nor as easy!
All you need is a camera capable of setting
manually for time exposures, a wide angle
and fast lens (f/2 or faster―but certainly no
slower than f/2.8), a very high ISO setting
on your digital camera or very fast color
film, a sturdy tripod
and a locking cable release or remote control.
Oh, and plenty of luck!
Find a location far from city lights, set up your camera on the tripod,
set the lens to manual focus and focus on
infinity, turn off the image stabilization
(IS or VR) and aim the camera toward the sky. Since
one has no idea where a meteor might fall, it's always best to aim your camera about 45 degrees away from
the shower's radiant (the constellation for
which the meteor shower is named),
and about 45 degrees above the horizon. The best times are usually
during the hours before dawn when meteors
can appear more plentiful.
With the lens open all the way, focus on
and expose your
digital camera for up to 30 or 60 seconds; anything longer
may produce more noise than anything else.
Your exposure will accumulate faint starlight
on the sensor and, if you're very lucky, a
meteor streak crossing the frame. You
may need to shoot hundreds of frames to get
a meteor to show up, so persistence is the
key! Remember, you can always delete
those images with no meteors on them.