Posts Tagged ‘astrophotography’

Tutorial: A Much More Effective Way to Correct for Distortion in a Fisheye Photograph

When it comes to correcting the distortion on fisheye lenses, most of us use the fairly standard rectilinear methods built into Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw. And while that gets the job done decently well, there’s a way to go about it that will leave you with a lot less noticeable distortion and more of your image still intact. Read more…

Video Profile of Mark Gee, 2013 Astronomy Photographer of the Year

2013 was a fantastic year for astrophotographer Mark Gee. First, barely one month into the year, he went from amateur photographer to Internet sensation when his gorgeous video “Full Moon Silhouettes” went viral. And then, to finish out the year, he took home the top prize at the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013 competition with his beautiful “Guiding Light” photograph.

In the video profile above by New Zealand’s The Learning Connection, we get to know Mark and his history, hear about his meteoric (pardon the pun) rise to astrophotography stardom (there’s another one), and pick up a little bit of inspiration on the way. If you have 17 minutes to spare and you love astrophotography, you won’t regret spending them this way.

The Earth and Moon Captured Together by Chinese Spacecraft Camera

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Check out this amazing photograph of our planet with the Moon hovering in the background. It was published today by China’s State Administration of Science, and was captured by the country’s Chang’e 5-T1 spacecraft that did a flyby of the moon late last month.
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On Photographing the Milky Way: An Ode to Astrophotography

Here’s a little inspiration and my answer to why we stay out late in the cold and the dark.

I was recently reminded of my first really successful attempt to photograph the Milky Way. I remember making that photo very clearly. Or rather, I remember not wanting to make it at all. Read more…

How to Photograph the Moon (Part 1)

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Ever since I’ve owned a camera I’ve wanted to take photos of the night sky. When I first got a DSLR camera 5 or so years ago I thought getting decent shots wasn’t very likely with the inexpensive gear I had and it was something best left to the pros. It was only after I became comfortable with the manual mode on my camera that I realized that shooting at night was completely doable. Read more…

This 3D-Printed Telescope Takes a Lumia Smartphone for Astrophotography and Citizen Science

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One day soon, people around the world may be contributing vast amounts of information to the science of space using a cheap 3D-printed telescope and smartphone with a high-res camera.

The Open Space Agency (OSA) is trying to make that dream happen, and the telescope they’ve created is called the Ultrascope.
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Mark Your Calendars: The Next Blood Moon Will Take Place Wednesday, October 8th

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For those of you who missed the blood moon this past April, have no fear, Mother Nature is giving you a second chance. On Wednesday, October 8th, the next blood moon will reflect bright in the sky. Read more…

Dark Sky Finder Helps Nighttime Photographers Find the Least Light Polluted Spots

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For those of you who partake in any sort of nighttime photography, it’s no secret that light pollution can be the bane of your existence. Thankfully, there’s a neat, simple online resource that can help you better prepare to avoid this enemy of great Milky Way photography.

It’s called Dark Sky Finder, and it’s an easy-to-use website that gives you an up-to-date, radar-style view of what light pollution across the United States looks like.

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This 4K Time-Lapse of the Night Sky Focuses on the Sheer Scale of the Milky Way

If you enjoy gazing up at the heavens and being in awe of how expansive the universe is, then here’s a time-lapse project you have to check out. It’s a beautiful time-lapse of the Milky Way by Greek photographer Konstantinos Vasilakakos (be sure to watch it in high definition).

While it’s not radically different from other Milky Way timelapse out there, it does a great job at capturing the scale of the night sky.
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What an Auroral Substorm Looks Like in Real Time

The Aurora Borealis (AKA Northern Lights) often makes an appearance in time-lapse videos of the night sky, but have you ever seen what it looks like in real time? That’s what Korean astrophotographer Kwon O Chul was able to capture in the video above.
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