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Teach Yourself Astrophotography

Teach Yourself Astrophotography

Whether you are an astro novice or seasoned space expert, Teach Yourself Astrophotography has something for you. Inside we’ve included jam-packed features, in-depth tutorials, interviews with pros and creative projects. Discover professional tips and tricks that will enable you to shoot the stars with absolute ease. We’ve even covered all of the essential kit that will aid you in taking breathtaking images that are truly out of this world.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
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welcome to tech yourself astro photography

Astro and night-sky photography can seem very daunting at first, but it’s one of the most rewarding genres to embark on, and is actually far easier than it looks. The photographic possibilities that the night-sky offers are incredibly vast, from landscape shots with the Milky Way and capturing stunning star trails, to photographing far-away planets and galaxies. Unearth the difference between nebula and nebulae, find out when to shoot the Moon and learn how to capture an Aurora. Whether you are an astro novice or seasoned space expert, Teach Yourself Astrophotography has something for you. Inside we’ve included jam-packed features, in-depth tutorials, interviews with pros and creative projects. Discover professional tips and tricks that will enable you to shoot the stars with absolute ease. We’ve even covered all of the…

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insight astronomy photographer of the year

The Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year sees thousands of amateur and professional photographers from around the world enter every year. It’s run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich (www.rmg.co.uk/royal-observatory) and has been going strong since 2009 and the he winners of the 2018 contest will be announced in October. Russian photographer Artem Mironov won the title of Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017. The judges were enthralled by Mironov’s sumptuous image depicting the vibrant blues and pinks of the swirling dust and gas clouds in the Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex. Taken over three nights from a farm in Namibia, Mironov has captured the sprawling stellar nursery that recent X-ray and infrared studies have revealed to be home to a cluster of more than 300 protostars. Competition judge and Royal Observatory…

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the art of astrophotography

Who hasn’t paused for an instant to gaze at the stars, becoming lost in the moment, wondering in awe, ‘just what is out there?’ The answer? A bewildering limitlessness of space – time and space so incalculable; its infiniteness is simply incomprehensible to the human mind. A space so vast that the photographic possibilities are endless, the creative opportunities are limitless and the subjects are truly spectacular. So what better genre is there to sink your teeth into other than astrophotography? Advances in DSLR technology enable us to capture some of these distant wonders on relatively inexpensive digital cameras and telescope setups, opening the art of astrophotography to an expansive audience. Over the last decade, the practice of astrophotography has certainly increased astronomically in popularity, especially the landscape astrophotography genre. This is namely…

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explore astrophotography

Astrophotography, like any genre of photography, has varied formats and different named techniques within each style. Some of the original terminology, such as ‘wide field’, has been lost through translation over the years, so let’s keep it simple and break it down into a few refined categories. Landscape astrophotography is basically defined as a landscape taken at night, enhancing the scene with a nightsky backdrop, typically consisting of a decisive cosmic focal point. Essentially, a nightscape, though it is now often referred to as wide-field astrophotography. Deep-space astrophotography refers to images of outer space, nebulae (groups of stars), nebula (gas and dust clouds), galaxies and other stellar and interstellar occurrences, which can be identified through telescopes – often using filters. A reasonable-quality beginner’s telescope is around £300, and will be able to achieve…

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aim for the stars

Award-winning astrophotographer Ollie Taylor (ollietaylorphotography.com) explains that from a landscape astrophotography point of view, there are several elements that make up a strong image within this type of genre. With careful planning, coordinated with favorable weather, most of the key fundamentals to a successful shoot and outcome are calculable. Naturally, the landscape element requires a wellcomposed and thought-provoking foreground interest, which must be coupled with a strong night-sky element. Practice makes perfect. Aspire to be unique, think out of the box. Rare nightsky occurrences add dynamics, or become the generic makeup of the main image subject; these types of occurrences can occasionally be incorporated with careful planning through apps and website research. Aim to produce images that engage the viewer, capturing their attention not only by the glistening night sky incorporated within the…

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shoot for success

We spoke to Public Astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich and judge of the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest, Dr Marek Kukula to find out what it takes to shoot a winning astro image. Do you have a favourite astro subject? When I was a researcher I studied supermassive black holes in distant galaxies, so I do have a soft spot for the ‘Galaxies’ category of the competition. I’m always amazed by the skill and dedication of the photographers in this category and the images they produce can be breathtakingly beautiful. Galaxies are huge structures but they’re also extremely far away and their light takes millions of years to reach us, so to be able to capture them in sharp detail is really an achievement. What are you looking for in…

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