Shooting Stars will show you how to shoot the moon and the stars with just your digital SLR and a tripod. It will teach you about five key styles of night sky photography and the camera settings required for each:
If you've ever wanted to photograph the night sky, I'm very confident this eBook will help you a lot!
In addition to simple advice about the camera settings to use for each style of night sky photography, Shooting Stars provides detailed discussion of the finer points of imaging in low light conditions. It’s a reference you’ll keep coming back to and will help even professional photographers learn more about their camera and how to use it at night.
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. This part includes a description of how and why the phase of the Moon varies each month and at which times of the year you can expect to see and photograph the Milky Way.
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.
Having established the fundamentals, Part 2 of Shooting Stars then describes the camera settings required for the different styles of Night Sky Photography: Twilight Landscapes, The Moon, Night Sky Scenes and Star Trails (as above) and Timelapse Video (below).
Part 3 of Shooting Stars 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 other image processing applications.
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. Topics include Comets, Meteors, Conjunctions, Eclipses of the Moon, the Milky Way, Satellite Flares, the Aurora Borealis and even Bioluminescence. Each topic features more of Phil’s stunning images and the stories behind them.
Phil also runs Night Sky Photography workshops with Michaels Camera Store, one of the largest retail camera stores in Australia, and all of the information in this book has been thoroughly road-tested by participants on these workshops.
So if you have ever wanted to photograph the moon and stars, there is no reason not to try it now!
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