Astrophotography Fundamentals

Astrophotography is an increasingly popular photography style among photographers of all levels. This course will teach you the foundations and help you to understand the settings and equipment needed for successful astrophotography.
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Nov 29, 2017
Duration
38m
Table of contents
Description
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Nov 29, 2017
Duration
38m
Description

Have you ever seen an image of the Milky Way and wondered how in the world it was captured? In this course, Astrophotography Fundamentals, you’ll learn how to dial in the perfect settings and the equipment needed for successful astrophotography. First, you’ll discover how to properly find and shoot astrophotography and the fundamentals behind a successful image. Next, you’ll explore the specific camera equipment needed, and the specific settings you'll use to capture stunning images that combine the landscape and celestial skies. Finally, you’ll delve into breaking down advanced astrophotography techniques and explore specific examples so you can be ready to capture the images you've always dreaded. By the end of this course, you'll have a fundamental knowledge of astrophotography and be able to capture your very own astro images.

About the author
About the author

Having an obsession with photography for over a decade now, Phill had the opportunity to visit and photograph some incredible places, and share his knowledge with several groups and individuals. While he enjoys many forms of photography, nothing captures his attention like landscape imagery.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi everyone. My name is Phill Monson, and welcome to my course, Astrophotography Fundamentals. I'm a landscape photographer with over 10 years of experience capturing the night sky, and I'm excited to share my knowledge with you. This course is designed to give you the information needed for astrophotography and to help capture images that you've always dreamed of, but may not have known how. Some of the major topics that we'll cover include gear needed for astrophotography, specific camera settings for astrophotography, technology to help with planning your shoot, and a review of examples for practical application. By the end of this course, you'll know the basics of astrophotography and be able to capture your own astro images. From here, continue your learning by diving into more photography with my course on camera lens fundamentals. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn how to capture the night with Astrophotography Fundamentals, at Pluralsight.

Astrophotography Fundamentals
In this module, we'll discuss critical information to getting started with astrophotography. Let's first give some parameters and define what we mean by astrophotography. Astrophotography, also known as night photography, nightscape, or astro-landscapes, is capturing the night sky, stars, astronomical events, Milky Way, etc. with some landscape element. This is, of course, the non-dictionarian definition, but what we will be using to define this style of photography throughout this course. Now, before we get into any type of settings, camera gear, or image examples, we'll need to discuss two critical components, one, finding the Milky Way, and two, how to plan your astrophotography. Let's break these down individually. In this section, we will discuss finding the Milky Way. Now, you're probably thinking, well duh, look up in the sky. That might be true for the casual observer, but for astrophotography, it's not that easy. Let's take a look to see what I mean.

Astrophotography Techniques
In this module, we'll put all the pieces together by showing examples of different techniques used to capture nighttime imagery, along with the applicable settings for each image. Now, to be fair, night photography, as a general term, can open a lot of discussion and several subgenre. As this course specifically is focused on astrophotography, I'll now be covering three specific techniques: low-level lighting, or employing a stationary light source to help light up a foreground; blue hour, or twilight shooting, which has a more natural look, but produces fewer visible stars; and creative blending for a more advanced look at being creative with your final image.