- How to Photograph the Moon
- August, Great Month to Photograph the Night Sky: eBook Deal
- Ideas to Modify Natural Light for Portrait Photography
- How to do Off-Camera Flash Photography with Canon Speedlites
Posted: 11 Aug 2013 04:58 PM PDT
Related Deal: This popular night sky photography guide is 50% until the end of the month.
Photographing the moon can be tricky. Last year I had a go at it and it was a complete disaster with the moon looking like a big bright blurry mass in the sky. After a bit of trial and error I discovered how to take nice shots of the moon.
The right lens
The first thing you need is a powerful zoom lens. The moon may look big in the night sky but when your camera takes a photo of it, the moon will only fill a tiny portion of the photo. On a 50mm lens the moon with be nothing more than a dot in your picture. The lens I used in the photos opposite were taken on a Canon 100-400mm lens which was a lot better but to be honest an even longer zoom would have been better.
Keep it steady
The next thing you 100% need is a tripod. Keeping the camera still is essential for getting a sharp image, and if your using a long zoom lens camera shake will be an issue as it’s the longer the zoom the more camera shake affects the image. The tripod will hold the lens still and allow you to take a sharp image. Also you will need to use either the cameras timer function or a shutter release cable to trigger the camera shutter… otherwise you can jolt the camera while taking the photo and get blurred results.
What f-number/aperture should you use? The first thing that comes to mind is a low f-number i.e. f4.0 or lower to take in more light. This is where I went wrong – the moon is actually very bright in the sky and using a low f-number can completely blow out the moon and make it look more like the sun. The ideal f-number would be somewhere between f11 and f16.
For Shutter speed again you would assume a slow speed but again this is the opposite. Since the moon is bright you don’t need as much time to capture the light it gives off. Also the moon actually moves quite fast along the night sky – if you have a 400mm lens or longer you can actually see the moon moving slowly across the viewfinder. If we used a slow shutter speed then the actual movement of the moon could cause us to lose detail. This is why I would recommend a speed of around 1/125 – 1/250.
ISO speed I would have around 200-400 and then just experiment with different combinations of ISO, aperture and shutter speed with the guidelines above until you get a nice exposure of the moon. You may need to also experiment if the moon is showing different amounts depending on the time of the month.
Once you have your perfect shot load it onto your computer. Even on a 400mm lens the moon can still take up a relatively small area of your photo. If you got your settings spot on and managed to get a very sharp photo of the moon then you can crop your image and even zoom in a little bit so the moon itself fits better in the finished framing of your photo.
About the Author:
For Further Training on Night Sky Photography:
Since August is one of the best month’s for night sky photography, this publisher is offering their in-depth guide at 50% off until the end of the month. Shooting Stars will show you how to shoot your own stunning images of the moon and the stars with just your digital SLR and a tripod. Simply remember to use the voucher code SSAUGUST.
It can be found here: Shooting Stars – How to Photograph the Moon & Stars
Posted: 11 Aug 2013 02:44 PM PDT
August is a great time of year for Night Sky Photography – skies are getting dark earlier in the Northern Hemisphere and for everybody the Milky Way is in prime position early in the evening. Plus there’s the Perseid Meteor Shower which peaks on the 11th and 12th of August. So right now is a great time to get outside at night with a DSLR.
To help encourage people, Phil Hart is offering his Shooting Stars eBook at half price till the end of the month, making it just $9.95, simply remember to use the voucher code SSAUGUST.
Designed to help you master these styles in particular:
In order to accomplish this, the guide is organized into four parts:
Part 1, The Sky at Night, introduces some basic astronomy concepts, to help you understand what you can expect to see at night from different places on Earth and at different times of the year.
Part 2, Night Sky Photography, is the heart of the book. It begins by discussing your camera and lenses and how to use them to turn the faint light of the night sky into stunning images. Most importantly, it describes three techniques for how to get accurate focus at night when your autofocus fails you. At least one of these techniques is guaranteed to work with whatever camera and lens you are using. This section also describes additional equipment and accessories that will enable you to do more with your camera at night and help make the experience more enjoyable.
Part 3 covers Image Processing, concentrating on the particular techniques and steps you will need to get the most out of your night sky images. Examples and screen captures are provided for Photoshop, Lightroom, ACDSee and Aperture but the instructions can easily be applied using any other image processing application.
Part 4, Wonders of the Night Sky, will inspire you to get outside with your camera more often. This final part covers interesting events, features and phenomena that you can see at night and how to apply night sky photography techniques to capture them. This part also features many of Phil's stunning images and the stories behind them.
Phil Hart has been practicing night sky photography for nearly 20 years and currently teaches workshops in Melbourne, Australia.
How to Get a Discounted Copy this Month:
It comes in PDF format so it is perfect for tablet devices or any computer. It also carries a 30 day guarantee, if you are not satisfied with any part of the book just let them know and they will give you a full refund so there is no risk in trying it. Since this time of year is best to photograph the night sky, the author is offering this guide at 50% off until the end of the month. Simply remember to use the voucher code SSAUGUST.
It can be found here: Shooting Stars: How to Photograph the Moon and Stars
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Posted: 11 Aug 2013 01:54 PM PDT
Every photographer loves that soft white light that pours in through a single window. Its diffuse glow seems to make anything in its path magically photogenic. Whether it’s the slits of light through a pair of barely open shutters or that golden luminescence that fills the airplane cabin at 30,000 ft., naturally diffused light is among the most beautiful types of light you will encounter. In this video, fashion photographer Lindsay Adler shows how you can modify natural light to create even more stunning images:
Seeing as it’s already magical, you don’t really need to do a lot to create great images with naturally diffused light. But if you’re looking to creating something more dramatic, try a few of these tricks:
Go to full article: Ideas to Modify Natural Light for Portrait Photography
Posted: 11 Aug 2013 11:09 AM PDT
Being faced with the prospect of using off-camera flash sends many new photographers running for the hills. Learning to use flash effectively can be overwhelming, and it may seem easier to painstakingly seek out perfect, natural light for every photo shoot. However, gaining fluency with artificial lighting increases a photographer’s versatility. Flash allows the photographer to carry out his or her vision in any lighting situation, and, contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t take long to master the basics. Watch Syl Arena’s guide to using Canon Speedlites for a quick introduction to getting started with off-camera flash:
Even photographers who think they’ll never need flash will benefit from this crash course. It delves not only into lighting equipment, but also into general concepts of lighting photos artistically and how to use flash in combination with ambient light. Arena’s guide simplifies the complexity of flash photography to get even the most reluctant photographer off to a successful start with Speedlites.
Go to full article: How to do Off-Camera Flash Photography with Canon Speedlites
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