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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: 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...]