Astrophotography

This Photo of Saturn Was Shot from a Backyard with a Red Filter – Photography Article

Did you know that you can capture clearer photos of planets by using a red filter? Photographer Andrew McCarthy captured this view of Saturn from his backyard in Sacramento by doing just that.“By putting a red filter over a camera, you can reduce the effects of Rayleigh scattering on an image, giving you crystal clear views of planets,” McCarthy writes. Here’s a side-by-side comparison the photographer made between the same view captured with blue and red filters “to show how…

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These Useful Charts Help You Avoid the Crowds at US National Parks – Photography Article

Designer and engineer Jordan Vincent has created a set of data visualizations (read: creative infographics) that landscape photographers might find invaluable. Using visitor data from all of the most popular US National Parks, he was able to plot attendance by type of lodging, time of year, and average temperature. He created these visualizations for 54 National Parks—including Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier, Grand Canyon and many more—using data that spanned from 2013 to 2019. Each chart plots the number of Lodging, RV,…

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Photographing the Moon With Jaworskyj – Photography Article

In case you’ve never taken the time to just sit outside at night and look (or howl) at the moon, it’s actually freaking awesome. The logical next step is to setup your gear and trying to photograph our lunar friend. Via the German adventure and landscape photographer Benjamin Jaworskyj, here is some of the basic how-to information for when you breakout your tripod and are ready to start firing shots a the moon. As you might expect or have already…

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Shooting the Milky Way on Vacation in Tuscany – Photography Article

Arlington, Texas, was long in the lead to become my family’s vacation destination this summer. But sometime in May, we decided that we wanted to revisit Italy. Last time we didn’t make it to Tuscany, so there was no doubt that it would be the area to stay and explore.Some friends had recommended agroturismos, that is, wine farms. Initially, I had my strong doubts about staying at a farm of some sort, but when it struck me that it was…

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The Essential Gear for Shooting a Meteor Shower – Photography Article

With the Perseids meteor shower set to peak in the next few days, it’s a great time to review the techniques and gear involved in capturing a meteor. Want to know how to catch a picture of a shooting star? Meteor showers, caused by the Earth passing through the dust and debris left from comets, can be an amazing sight, as well as a great photo opportunity to plan around. The showers are named after the constellations that they appear to…

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Good Photography Decisions Start With Pre-Visualization – Photography Article

One percent of great photographs are simple luck, being at the right place and time with a camera… the other 99% are the result of good decisions. One could even argue that a large number of the one percenters made the right decision to be in that place at that time and carry their camera. Good decisions start with pre-visualization.Pre-Visualization is seeing an image in your mind, what does that really mean? That means thinking about an image all the way through and…

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The Man Who Bought the Original Moon Landing Tapes for $218 Will Soon Become Rich – Photography Article

Fatherly advice is something of value that most of us would adhere to. Recent news tells of a striking example of such value: A father’s wise counsel to hold on to some cheaply acquired film footage should soon lead one former NASA intern to riches. Buying and reselling antiques and collectibles is a commonplace hobby. You’ve probably heard of individuals who, not always for investment purposes, purchased items for a modest price and sold them later for big bucks. Just…

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Photographer Captures Rare Meteor Explosion While He Slept – Photography Article

Time-lapse photographer Matthew Vandeputte recently captured something truly awesome. While he was sleeping soundly in a cabin somewhere in Utah, the camera he set up earlier that evening captured the moment when a meteor entered the atmosphere and exploded, leaving behind a green trail of dust and ionized gas. The event happen on May 31st around 2am, approximately 1 hour after Vandeputte set up his Canon 6D Mark II with Canon 24mm f/1.4 lens and Canon TC80-N3 remote trigger to…

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Time-Lapse Photographer Captures Stunning Meteor Explosion While Fast Asleep – Photography Article

One cold night a few weeks ago, photographer Matthew Vandeputte set a time-lapse running and went to bed for the night. In the morning, he discovered that his sequence had captured an incredible meteor crashing into the Earth’s atmosphere, creating a stunning trail and leaving a spectacular puff of smoke. If only we could all shoot images like this while unconscious. As detailed on his blog, Vandeputte was traveling through Utah with the intention of shooting a load of astrophotography…

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Iconic Images from the 2019 Solar Eclipse – Photography Article

To witness a solar eclipse is a once in a lifetime experience and to photograph two within 2 years is an amazing opportunity to leverage your experience to create incredible imagery. Ted Hesser was able to garner a second opportunity with the 2019 eclipse and put his ideas into motion with only weeks to spare before this year’s eclipse to gather ideas and compose images that engage our humanity within the cosmos. Hesser with the partnership of Goal Zero and the Nomad Film team were…

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The Best Astrophotography Subjects You Can Shoot Right Now – Photography Article

Want to know what objects you should be shooting in the night’s sky? Astrophotography can be a complex discipline, since knowing what important astronomical events are occuring can be a challenge in itself. Check out this guide and see what you should shoot. Alyn Wallace does a great job of breaking down the astronomic events photographers may be interested in for the month of July. As part of his monthly What’s In The Night’s Sky series, Alyn breaks down the important…

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Looking to Get Into Astrophotography? Check Out This Cheap Equatorial Mount – Photography Article

Astrophotography can be an incredibly rewarding and awe-inspiring photography genre to get into, but it can also requires loads of specialized equipment that is decidedly not cheap. This awesome video review takes a look at a budget option to see if it can still get great results that make it worth the cost. Coming to you from Milky Way Mike, this great video review takes a look at the new version of the iOptron Skytracker Pro equatorial mount. If you’ve not seen…

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Ten day Utah astrophotography road trip. – Time.Lapse Photography Article

In June 2019 I went on a Utah astrophotography road trip with a stranger. Watch the video to find out if I got murdered or not. Life’s all about risks, isn’t it? Calculated risks, that is. I’d never recommend going on a trip with an actual complete stranger, that’s crazy hah. A film photo of Abdul and me at horseshoe bend in Page, Arizona (just over the border from Utah). Trip statistics: We flew into Salt Lake City, rented a…

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An Astronomical Plugin for Beginners Afraid of Photoshop – Photography Article

I talk to a lot of photographers who want to get into Milky Way or astronomical photography but are put off by the difficulty of the processing techniques using Photoshop. It’s understandable. Capturing the Milky Way can be hard. Our home galaxy is faint, it requires a longer exposure than many beginners have tried, light pollution is an an additional challenge, and indeed, getting something good out of your image is a heap of processing work in Photoshop. Early this…

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Spinning Around NY | iPhone Photographer – iPhone Photography Article

You and I are on a special journey together, uncontrollably spinning our way through the universe. We have no idea where we’re going, when we’ll get there, or why we’re going at all. At least, we have each other on this journey, if nothing else. When I forget that, I can feel alone and overwhelmed. Untethered, I drift between stability and chaos. Bouncing aimlessly between the two. Then, you grab me and hold tight. Until I return to solid ground.…

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