Astrophotography

500px Blog » – 500px Blog – Photography Article

500px Blog » – 500px Blog Dave Morrow is a landscape photographer, workshop instructor, and word slinger with a passion for travel, the truth, and all things strange. He teaches Milky Way & Star Photography Workshops & Tours , spanning the entire West Coast of the United States, Online Star Photography Post Processing (editing) Group Workshops, and provides Star Photography Post Processing Video Tutorials and a Free Star Photography Tutorial. Dave’s goal is to educate photographers from across the globe,…

Read More

500px Blog » 35 awe-inspiring space photos in honor of Stephen Hawking – Photography Article

Legendary theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking—”whose brilliant mind ranged across time and space though his body was paralyzed by disease,” noted the Chicago Tribune—died Wednesday. Along with numerous academic and scientific accomplishments, Hawking was celebrated for inspiring public interest and passion for space and science. Bask in these space and night sky photos, curated by 500px Content Team Manager Heather Balmain, and Operations Manager Becky Weir, in honor of one of the greatest minds of our time. … This is only…

Read More

How I Capture Striking Time-Blended Astrolandscapes, and You Can Too – Photography Article

My name is Paul Schmit, and today I want to describe to you the journey that led to the time-blended astrolandscape you see above. You might recognize me from my recent marathon endeavor to capture the International Space Station crossing in front of the sun at sunrise. By day, I’m an award-winning theoretical physicist working at the frontiers of nuclear fusion research on the world’s most powerful electrical sledgehammer, the Z Machine. By night (quite literally) I’m an avid astrolandscape…

Read More

Is Canon About to Release a Full Frame Camera Specifically for Astrophotography? – Photography Article

Canon’s mirrorless lenses have gotten off to quite an impressive start, though the bodies still have some catching up to do when it comes to innovation. Canon might be pushing that envelope a bit next year, though, as new rumors have uncovered the potential release of the ROS Ra, a full frame mirrorless camera designed specifically for astrophotography. Canon has previously released two such cameras, the 20Da and 60Da, but the last such camera announcement was seven years ago now. Furthermore,…

Read More

How Night Sky Photos Are Edited [Discount] – Photography Article

Last Updated on September 15, 2019 by Rob Wood (Admin) Ever wondered how those stunning shots or the night sky and the milky way are shot and edited? While it’s tempting to think that it’s possible to get great night sky shots straight out of camera, the truth is that the most spectacular and popular images you see of the night sky and the Milky Way are all edited to give them that final pop. Hristo Fidanov That is not…

Read More

Winners of Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019 Revealed – Photography Article

The Royal Observatory Greenwich has revealed the winners of the prestigious Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019 competition, and as always, the winning images are spectacular. This year, the competition received over 4,600 entries that were captured in 90 countries across the globe. The judges had the unenviable task of identifying a winner, runner up, and highly commended image for each category, a winner for the Robotic Scope category, and a winner for the new Sir Patrick Moore prize…

Read More

Will the Google Pixel 4 Be the First Phone That Shoots Astrophotography? – Photography Article

Hype for Google’s new flagship phone has intensified in recent weeks with photographers excited about what new technology the tech giant will be squeezing into its latest model. To add to the fervor, a leaked promo video suggests that a dedicated astrophotography mode will be incorporated. The video was uploaded by ProAndroid and shows off what might be some of the phone’s new features. After revealing hand gestures and integration of various Google services, a hint of the Pixel 4’s low light level…

Read More

First Northern Lights Timelapse – Timelapse Travels – Time.Lapse Photography Article

I was in Jasper national park two weeks ago and got a surprising opportunity to photograph the northern lights! It was our last day in the park and we had to leave early to get to the airport. We decided to try some astrophotography from 2 AM to 5 AM and head out from there. For those that dont know – – Jasper national park in Canada is the world’s second largest dark sky preserve where they restrict the amount…

Read More

Watch the Earth Rotate Relative to the Milky Way in This Fascinating Time-lapse – Photography Article

You have likely already seen nighttime time-lapses in which the rotation of Earth causes the night sky to move. This incredibly neat time-lapse flips that on its head by holding the Milky Way stationary, showing the ground tilting as Earth continues to rotate and making for quite the mindblowing effect. Coming to you from Aryeh Nirenberg, this creative and trippy time-lapse shows Earth rotating as the Milky Way remains stationary, causing the ground to tilt at increasingly striking angles. Of course,…

Read More

Photographer Shares the Story Behind this Incredible Astrolandscape Photo – Photography Article

Two days ago, photographer Paul Schmit captured what he’s calling “the most difficult and technical astrolandscape shot I’ve ever planned and executed.” It’s an incredible shot, showing the ISS transiting the sunrise in front of some picturesque radio towers atop a mountain peak. This photo was weeks in the making, but Schmit tells PetaPixel he almost missed it. Schmit originally shared the story behind this shot in a Facebook post, where he did a good job of summarizing why this…

Read More

Think You’re Getting All The Resolution out of Your Sensor? – Photography Article

It seems each recent camera announcement has brought a higher megapixel count — including Sony’s latest 60mp+ release. But whether you’re shooting on 24mp APS-C, 50mp full frame, or 100mp medium format, you might not be getting all the resolution you paid for. Check out this list for 3 clarity-robbing problems and their fixes. Debayering Your sensor doesn’t actually see the full range of color at every photosite. Instead, an array of colored filters combined with some clever interprolation transforms…

Read More

How to Enhance the Starry Night Sky in Photoshop – Photography Article

Let’s say I would like to enhance the stars in this Milky Way landscape photo. I could load the image into Camera Raw and add some Clarity at the risk of adding noise and artifacts to the night sky. Another way of doing it could be to use “Select Color Range” combined with a curves or levels adjustment. However, I often find that these methods don’t yield satisfactory results. I am not saying that the technique I am to demonstrate…

Read More

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…

Read More

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,…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

Interested in Deep Sky Astrophotography? This Tutorial Will Get You Started – Photography Article

Astrophotography can be a very tricky and specialized genre, but it is also highly rewarding when you get it right. This awesome video will walk you through the entire process from start to finish to get your first image. Coming to you from Astro Backyard, this helpful video will show you everything you need to know about deep sky imagery with a German equatorial mount. Astrophotography is of course highly difficult simply because of the extremely low levels of light. The…

Read More

500px Blog » Night Photography: How to Photograph The Night Sky – Photography Article

Let’s go on a trip together and take stunning night sky photos. Hi, I’m Dave Morrow, and I will be your guide in this journey. I’m a fellow 500px-er, adventure junkie, and I love teaching photography. In this tutorial, you will learn how to hunt for a dark sky, choose the right equipment, discover the 500 rule, and take awesome photos. After reading the following tutorial, go grab a free copy of my 39-page “Star & Night Photography” eBook included…

Read More

50th Anniversary of Moon Landing Inspires Incredible Image – Photography Article

It wasn’t easy to put a man on the moon. Just ask photographer Christopher Sherman, who recently set out to pay homage to one of humanity’s greatest feats, the Apollo 11 mission, when Neil Armstrong first set foot onto the moon 50 years ago.  Sherman, the nomadic commercial and fine arts photographer who was previously based in Austin, Texas, was out last week shooting images of fireflies in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, when he saw paramotor pilot Ty Johnson flying above a nearby field. Inspiration…

Read More

How to Take a Photo of the Moon – Photography Article

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, everyone has moon fever. There has never been a better time to grab your camera and head outside to take a shot of our moon, and this excellent video will show you everything you need to know to do just that. Coming to you from Karl Taylor, this awesome video will show you everything you need to know about how to take a great photo of the moon.…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More