Astrophotography is my favorite type of photography, I find the night sky an amazing place to look at especially since I grew up in a city where the light pollution effectively hides the details of the night sky from you. If you were to get the best possible equipment for astrophotography you’d probably go for a full frame camera with some fast wide angle glass but you can get some good results with just your entry level camera and kit lens.
Star Photogaphy Tutorial
This is a multi step tutorial that starts with capturing images and explains how process them to produce:
- Single still images
- Time-lapse video
- Star trail images and time-lapse
- Vortex star trail image and time-lapse
To follow the tutorial check out the following posts:
Milky Way Photography Tutorial
To me these are some of the most amazing images I have captured but there is a lot involved in capturing the core of the milky way, its only visible for half the year and of that its only conveniently (i.e. before midnight) available for a fraction of that time and to add to that the best results come on moon less nights. I wont rehash what i have learned on this because there are already amazing articles and tutorials out there, one of the best in my opinion is Lonely Specks Tutorial.
From my experience the information I was unable to find on the internet related to how I improve my images, the images I was getting were not as good as I wanted and I was never sure if it was something I was doing wrong or my equipment or my post processing or if the location I was shooting from had too much pollution. The internet is full of really great images taken on high end equipment by some really talented people in some truly amazing places but there was no way to know which of those elements my images were missing.
In the coming months I’ll try to answer that question giving examples of images of the milky way I capture in light pollution, varying dark skies and using both my kit lens and a Samyang 16mm f2 lens and maybe in a few years a full frame camera if I ever get one. Watch this space.
In the mean time I can show you my two best milky way images captured on a 100d with the above Samyang 16mm (beginner camera but a very good astrophotography lens). Both of these images were taken during a California road trip from the beach at San Simeon