shooting for the stars

Shooting for the Stars: Canon EF 18-55mm (Kit lens)

10/22/2013 // 9 Comments

(Be sure to check out: Part 2, Part 3, Focusing Stars, and more!!!) It has a bad reputation. Considered bottom of the barrel. A piece of shit. But is this truly the case? If this lens really the bane of all photographers? The answer is no. Not only no, but a hell no! I know this is the case, because well…I own the lens. AND used it. Safe to say; I have a thing or two to say about it. Firsts things first. Lets discuss the mechanical quality. I believe this lens draws much of its ire from its lightweight construction. Usually when I used the term lightweight its in a positive manner. Not [Click Here To Read Article...]

Shooting for the Stars: Canon EF 24mm Prime

10/15/2013 // 0 Comments

Small, lightweight- yet image quality is crisp. I’m talkin’ about the Canon 24mm prime lens! This lens is coated to help combat ghosting and flaring, which is a plus when imaging a full moon or bright planet. Imaging near street lamps can induce flaring, despite this coating. Beware. Compared to the Canon 50mm Compact Macro, the chromatic aberration is not as apparent due to its shorter focal length. The angle of view is a comfortable 84°, which means large constellations fit inside the frame. Here are a few things to keep in mind when imaging the sky with this lens: Expose for [Click Here To Read Article...]

Shooting for the Stars: Canon Compact Macro 50mm

10/14/2013 // 3 Comments

A macro lens for shooting stars? I know. You think I’m crazy. I had my doubts as well. When I first acquired this lens, I reserved it only for the day, but surprisingly, it works quite well at night. Keep in mind, It’s not a requirement to have expensive lenses in order to capture the night sky. Chances are, if you own a DSLR, you already have one in your bag. Many people own a standard 50mm lens. If you’re one of these people, try using it. A prime 50mm lens is one of the cheapest on the market. Despite the price tag, they’re not as shitty as you may believe. These [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...]