Night Photography Tips: Astrophotography
Astrophotography represents the hardcore end of night photography. Unlike shooting in moonlight, the lighting is so greatly reduced that you often find yourself shooting in near darkness with just the stars to light the way. Compositions can be difficult and exposure mistakes can be easily made, all of which makes it one of the most challenging, but also most rewarding, photographic genres. Here are your two biggest obstacles when attempting astrophotography:
One of the biggest issues with astrophotography is under-exposure.
High ISO camera technology is not quite up to par, and you’ll find yourself compromising between ISO levels, star trails and noise reduction until the technology improves.
As there is literally nothing but shadows in night shots like this, don’t be afraid to use large amounts of noise reduction and to experiment with the results. Carefully push the blacks in Adobe Camera Raw, zooming into 100% to check for noise.
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PAGE 3: Common errors shooting star trails
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PAGE 5: Common errors with astrophotography
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