Hi, I'm a total noob when it comes to taking photos at night, of the stars or anything that requires long exposures due to little to no light, such as stars.
I decided to go out into my back yard and snap a few test shots to play with some settings. I realize the back yard in suburbia isn't an ideal place to try to get the stars, but I just wanted to see what I could come up with. I didn't really know what to use for my settings, it became pretty clear to me quickly that having the lens in AF mode wasn't going to work. I guess you all know this, but I didn't, lol, told you total NOOB.
Anyway my first test shots were of just my house using long exposures to see if I could get enough light from the neighbors back porch lights, to see my house. It worked, but there seem to be a lot of little spots in my shot, and thats the first thing I want to ask here. What are these spots caused from, is it good, bad, camera malfunction etc?
I was using my 5D Mark II and 24-70 lens.
Here is the photo you can see all the EXIF information with it...
I later pointed at the most stars in the sky I could see with my naked eye and dorked with the settings and got these two shots...can't tell if those same spots are in it or not, as its mostly a starlit sky...
So really I am just curious what all the "firefly" type spots are in that first link, if its correctible or if its a defect in my camera?