Photography Secrets

Astrophotography: The Skyglow Blues

01/11/2016 // 6 Comments

  When you look outside at night…what do you see? A rusted sky? Perhaps a gang of street lamps…loitering at the end of the block…smoking cigarettes or drinking beers… Many of us no longer have the luxury of being able to bask under a truly dark sky. It’s heartbreaking. Sodium vapor street lamps tarnish the night sky, smearing a nasty orange glow across the cosmos. Meek starlight can’t compete against the bombardment of countless street lamps, so the night sky becomes veiled behind a curtain of impenetrable pollution. …What’s the matter? Are you [Click Here To Read Article...]

Lunar Photography Secrets: Full Moon

10/08/2015 // 13 Comments

    Acolytes of the Lunar Lunacy Congregation are bestowed with ancient  wisdom: the art of how to photograph the moon. Coveted knowledge has been collected over the centuries and scribbled onto delicate scrolls, banishing the shadows of ignorance upon those who practice the time-tested lunar photographic techniques. Your initiation has begun—put on your black robe.   Full Moon Photographic Fever   Photographing the full moon can tremble the patience of the most stable individual. A silver bullet list of camera settings doesn’t exist. Why? Because not everyone uses [Click Here To Read Article...]

Secret Photography Hack: Variable Camera Adapter and Filters

08/05/2015 // 6 Comments

  Shhhhhh…hey…hey…yeah—I’m talking to you. Come closer. Closer. …A little more… …Stop…if you want to get any closer…buy me a drink. Or something. My secret involves a universal camera adapter and filters. I discovered a way to use them simultaneously, but don’t worry! It’s a very simple technique, which is limited only by your unrelenting imagination. Here’s what you will need:   Orion Universal Camera Adapter Any 1.25” filter Eyepiece (optional) T-Ring   That’s it! If you happen to own the [Click Here To Read Article...]

Secret Photography: Filters and Prime Focus

09/05/2014 // 0 Comments

  Wait, wait! Sit down! The magic show is not over! I still have some tricks up my sleeve, so sit back, relax—and prepare to be flabbergasted. My last trick involved an unthinkable way of using a Barlow lens for prime focus photography. You’d think there’s nothing more that could be done, well, if you happen to think this, guess what? You’re wrong! I know of another prime focus trick that is not expressed in any book. Here’s what you’ll need: Camera Telescope T-Ring 13% Moon Transmission Filter A Set of Colored Filters Do you remember how to Barlow Boost? [Click Here To Read Article...]

Secret Photography Hack: Increase Prime Focus Magnification

09/02/2014 // 12 Comments

  You thought I was lying when I said I knew of a secret imaging technique. Well? Aren’t you ashamed of yourself? It’s okay—we’re still friends. For now. Where was I? Ahhh, yes: my secret imaging technique. I’ve read every book published on astrophotography and not one mentions this particular technique that I’m going to share with you. Remember: with great power comes great responsibility. Spread the word of your training, so that others can indulge in the secret that I’m about to share with you. I’m going to assume you’re familiar with [Click Here To Read Article...]