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Astrophotography: The Blue Hour

03/31/2017 // 10 Comments

Every educated photographer on planet Earth is familiar with the Golden Hour. Shhh…come a little closer…I’m gonna whisper a top secret in your ear…just kidding! I’m gonna tell you a secret but forgive me if I don’t whisper in your ear (you’ll have to pay me extra). The golden hour gets all the hype, but did you know there’s another hour? Yup, it’s true! This special time of evening is called the “blue hour”. Sounds pretty sweet, huh? There are a few cosmic events that can be seen during the the blue hour. Planets are usually [Click Here To Read Article...]

Shooting for Venus: A Perspective on Planetary Photography

11/13/2013 // 0 Comments

  Venus is the goddess of beauty, so it’s only natural that you want photograph her. Oh. Wait. We’re talking about the planet. Nevermind. Venus (the planet) is a -4.6 magnitude object, and it’s about 18x brighter than Sirius, which is the brightest star in the night sky! In other words…Venus is pretty damn bright! and that also means it’s not difficult to photograph Venus. Any manual control camera will do the job. Crop or full sensor DSLR will be the most versatile option. Prime focus astrophotography is also a viable option.   ** Rough Exposure Guide [Click Here To Read Article...]

Shooting for the Stars: A Perspective on Astrophotography

07/27/2013 // 2 Comments

Are you tired of spending night after night under the stars and having nothing to show for it besides a handful of blurry, uninspiring, and disgusting images? What do you say? Are you ready to take the night back? Grab your camera! I’ll meet you outside!   Welcome to Starlight Boot Camp   No matter what kind of camera you’re using—it needs to be a slave to your will. Every parameter needs to be manually adjusted. Automatic settings will not work. You need to be in control of three critical aspects: Aperture Exposure ISO Most cameras have the option to adjust at least a [Click Here To Read Article...]

Moon: A Perspective on Lunar Photography

06/19/2013 // 0 Comments

  Have you ever seen that fat cratered face and thought:   “Damn! I’d like to photograph the Moon!”   Wait! Don’t underestimate the Moon’s brightness, especially when it’s full. 1/25sec = Over Exposed! 1/50sec = over exposed! 1/100 = Exposed! Prime focus astrophotography is difficult.  Here are a few things to keep in mind: Focus! Focus! Focus! The LED screen on the back of a DSLR camera is a terrific liar. Don’t believe it. After the Moon is centered within the LCD screen:   Focus. Magnify 5x.  Focus. Magnify 10x. Focus again.   This three [Click Here To Read Article...]