Jason De Freitas Takes His Time Shooting Astrophotography on Film

All images by Jason De Freitas. Used with permission.

“I’m so starved for light that I’m usually exposing for as long as I have time for or my tracking accuracy can achieve,” says Jason De Freitas. Jason is based on the South Coast of New South Wales and is one of the world’s few long-exposure film astrophotographers. He’s a fine art photographer who makes the most of Australia’s varied landscape and dark night skies. That’s a critical part of how he makes his unique astrophotography on film.

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Essential Kit: This Is A Great Setup For Astrophotography

This setup, which includes a camera, lens, and accessories, is all you need to get started with astrophotography.

There are many cameras, lenses, tripods, bags, and accessory options on the market today, and this can make things difficult. If you’re thinking about tackling astrophotography, but you aren’t sure where to start, this roundup will help. Here we will take a look at a kit that includes a camera, a lens, and three other accessories to help you start. Even if you already have a camera and need a suitable camera bag, this will help. Just need a new tripod? See which one we recommend. By the end of this roundup, you’ll know what gear to get to take on your astrophotography adventure.

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Astrophotography Basics That Will Serve Newcomers Well This Season

Astrophotography is incredibly fun, and capturing subjects like the Milky Way is easier than you think.

Have you ever wanted to capture stunning pictures of the night sky but weren’t really sure what you need to do? If so, this beginner’s guide to astrophotography is for you. This quick guide will look at astrophotography basics and cover things such as camera settings and the 500 rule. We’ll also take a quick look at how to plan your shoot and how to stack images. So, if you’re ready to try your hand at astrophotography, head on past the break.

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3 Fast Lenses That Make Astrophotography Landscapes Easy

These lenses will help you capture the Milky Way and more this Astrophotography season.

Astrophotography season is right around the corner here in the Northern Hemisphere. There’s nothing quite like being able to stand under a starry sky capturing the Milky Way in all its glory. Fortunately, some fantastic fast lenses can make the process easy. All the lenses we have listed after the break offer fast apertures. They all handle coma very well, and they are ridiculously fast. If you want to capture the night sky easily this astrophotography season, these three lenses should be on your shopping list.

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Super Stars: 3 Digital Cameras with Astrophotography in Their Blood

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With features designed to make astrophotography easy, these digital cameras should be no-brainers for Astro fans.

There are cameras out there designed to make specific genres of photography easy. There are cameras designed for wildlife, sports, portraiture, and more. Believe it or not, there are even cameras designed just for Astrophotography. Whether you like capturing the Milky Way, deep space objects, or star trails, these cameras will help you do it all with ease. If you’re ready to shoot the stars, check out these three incredible cameras.

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How Matthew James Fell in Love With Astrophotography

All images by Matthew James. Used with permission.

Matthew James is a passionate photographer based in the UK. Like many of us, he’s been bored in the pandemic. But he’s found a lot of joy in taking photos. For Matt, all he needs is his Sony Xperia 1 II. Sony has gifted photographers with a smartphone that can do almost everything. With roots in their Alpha camera lineup, it’s a potent tool. In fact, it’s so powerful that Astrophotography is possible with the device.

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Astrophotography: Shoot For the Stars With These Fast Fujifilm Primes

We always get asked which Fujifilm primes are best for astrophotography, so we thought we would round them up for you.

When it comes to lenses for astrophotography on the Fujifilm X platform, photographers are somewhat spoiled for choice. There are a number of prime lenses that are more than suitable for capturing the Milky Way or other deep sky objects, and the beauty is that there are lenses that will fit all budgets. You can use any X Series camera to capture the night sky. Just attach one of the primes that we have rounded up after the break, follow our guide to astrophotography, and you’ll be in business in no time at all.

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Isabella Tabacchi’s Astrophotography Under Namibia’s Surreal Night Sky

All photos by Isabella Tabacchi. Used with permission.

The night sky has always fascinated bright minds for the mystery and stunning imagery it brings, making it a popular subject among artists and photographers. Bologna-based landscape photographer Isabella Tabacchi, for example, found it her favorite part of everyday life and a potent source of inspiration for her work. If you are drawn to photographing landscapes against the night sky, you’ll definitely find her snaps in Namibia nothing short of surreal.

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A Quick Look at Some of Our Favorite Fast Lenses for Astrophotography

The Astrophotography season in the Nothern Hemisphere is about to kick off, and these lenses will help you capture the millions of stars in the night sky.

Right around the end of March is an exciting time for photographers in the Northern Hemisphere. Not only are warmer days afoot, but the Milky Way and all of the beauty and splendor it adds to the night sky finally become visible. Astrophotography is seen as a hard genre to break into by many, but it needn’t be that way. Anyone with a camera made in the last decade and some fast glass can create gorgeous astroscapes with a little practice. After the break, we will take a quick look at some lenses on multiple platforms that are perfect for astrophotography.

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Shoot for the Stars: These 9 Cameras Help Make Astrophotography Easy

Thanks to the technology found in modern cameras, astrophotography is now easier than ever.

Astrophotography season is us upon us here in the Northern Hemisphere, and soon we will all start seeing truly magical pictures of the Milky Way and of other galaxies and nebulae in the night sky while swiping through Instagram, or any photo sharing sites. We all look at these images and think, ‘I wish that I could make images like this,’ well, you can, and you don’t need ultra-expensive cameras to do it either. After the break, we will take a look at nine cameras that excel at astrophotography thanks to their modern features, but that also won’t totally break the bank.

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Andrew Campbell’s Award-Winning Astrophotography Will Stun You

All images by Andrew Campbell. Used with permission.

“I think with all things in life – if you love doing it – then you will always be motivated.” Those are the words of Andrew Campbell, a photographer based in the South West of England. He’s talking about his love for astrophotography, and the rewards he gets from the methodical art form. His passion requires patience, something Campbell has plenty of. The results? A body of work that wows us and leaves us asking for more.

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Astrophotography Inspiration: Photographing the Otherworldly Thor’s Helmet Nebula

To inspire everyone to take their photography to the stars with astrophotography, we’re placing the spotlight on a beautiful snap of Thor’s Helmet nebula. 

Need some astrophotography inspiration? Today’s featured stellar shot showcases one of the cosmic bodies you might want to focus your camera on: Thor’s Helmet nebula. Pali Saini, who recently shared his stunning photo on Reddit, obliged us with some details about how he made the shot.

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Daniel Stein Does Beautiful AstroPhotography on Film and Digital

If you’ve ever wanted to point your camera up to the night sky and capture the majestic Milky Way, you’ll surely pick up some pointers from our interview with Daniel Stein.

“Astrophotography has never been easier to get into than ever before!” New Jersey-based photographer Daniel Stein rightly reminds all of us in our recent chat with him. True enough, many of today’s cameras are powerful enough to capture the grandeur of the night sky which is typically hidden in plain sight. Some of you may remember him for his impressive astro snaps on Polaroid, an unbelievable feat given that the medium is something you won’t expect photographers would be using to shoot star trails and Milky Way photos. But those are just a few of the tricks he has in his sleeve. As an astrophotographer who shoots in both film and digital, Daniel is in a great position to inspire and encourage us to give the craft a try with whatever camera we have.

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Three Out of This World Sony Cameras for Astrophotography

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These Sony cameras will bring the magical night sky to life.

Sony cameras are some of the most innovative on the market. They are packed with tech that can make your life easier, feature sensors capable of capturing immense detail, and perform miracles in low light situations. It’s these qualities that make Sony cameras excellent for astrophotography. If you want to capture the night sky and all of its wonders, the three Sony cameras listed in this article are the ones worth a closer look. Continue reading…

Shoot for the Stars: 3 Olympus Cameras Perfect for Astrophotography

Many think Micro Four Thirds Olympus cameras can’t be used for astrophotography, but they would be very wrong.

Micro Four thirds cameras probably aren’t the first choice of cameras astrophotographers generally look at. Small sensor size and general feelings that high ISO performance isn’t good enough usually stop photographers from looking at these cameras, but they are missing out. Micro Four Thirds sensors have come a long way, and so has their high ISO performance. With companies like Olympus innovating in regard to features like Live Composition, suddenly Olympus cameras become viable options for astrophotography. In this roundup, we take a look at Olympus cameras that are more than capable of capturing gorgeous astrophotography images. Continue reading…

Photography Cheat Sheet: Quick Astrophotography Guide

If you’re just getting into astrophotography, this 10-tip photography cheat sheet will get you started with photographing the night sky.

By pointing cameras to the night sky, photographers open themselves up to the wonders of the stars and other heavenly bodies. As with any kind of photography, it requires some camera settings to make sure you get the shot at the best results possible. If this sounds like something you need help with, today’s photography cheat sheet is definitely for you.

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The Essential Landscape + Astrophotography Lenses for Fujifilm Cameras

There are some truly stunning fast, wide angle lenses for Fujifilm cameras, and they’re perfect for landscapes and astro work.

Fujifilm cameras are fantastic to use for landscapes, cityscapes, and astrophotography. Their small size means you can take them just about anywhere without having to worry about weight, the sensors are capable of capturing tremendous details, the colors they produce are gorgeous, and the fast, wide angle lenses that you can pair with the camera bodies are simply outstanding. Lets take a quick look at some lenses for Fujifilm cameras what will help you capture the beauty of the world both under your feet, and above your head. Continue reading…

A Beginner’s Guide to Astrophotography and The Gear Needed to Succeed

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Astrophotography is one of the most rewarding genres of photography, and it’s really not as difficult as you might think.

When we think about astrophotography, we often think about creating a sense of wanderlust and awe that we’re all experiencing when we see the photos. I mean, have you ever wanted to be able to capture stunning pictures of the night sky but weren’t really sure what you needed to do, and didn’t really know what equipment you would need? If so this beginner’s guide to astrophotography is for you. In this guide we will take a look at the basics of astrophotography and will cover things such as camera settings, the 500 rule, how to stack images, and we will take a look at the gear you’ll need to create out of this world Milky Way and night sky images.

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Reviewed: 7 of the Best Cameras for Astrophotography

These cameras will absolutely blow you away when it comes to astrophotography thanks to their incredible high ISO performance.

There are few genres of photography that are quite as rewarding as astrophotography. The thrill of pointing your camera to the skies and being able to see the magic that hides in plain sight is truly a magical experience. Getting great astrophotography shots is possible with any camera really, but there are a few that stand out as star performers thanks to their impeccable image quality, and virtually noise free images up to ISO 6400. Use one of the seven cameras we suggest and you’ll be over the moon with your results. Continue reading…

10 of the Best Wide Angle Lenses For Stellar Astrophotography Images

These fast, wide angle lenses will help you create truly stunning starscapes.

Astrophotography season is right around the corner in the Northern Hemisphere, so we thought it would be great to take a look at some of the best wide angle lenses that are well suited to this genre of photography. In the past, astrophotography was really only for those who could afford wide angle lenses (primes and zooms) that had apertures of at least f2.8, but now you can get some truly stunning wide angle lenses that are perfect for this genre for very little outlay. Continue reading…

The NANO1 is the World’s Tiniest Camera for Astrophotography

You can start “small” with astrophotography with the teeny tiny NANO1, the world’s smallest astronomy camera.

Ever wanted to point your camera to the night sky and take some gorgeous Milky Way photos, but feel intimidated by all the gadgets and gizmos required?  With the ultra portable NANO1, all the technology you need to get started fits in your pocket. Yep, this teeny tiny camera promises to let you shoot for the stars without all the bulky equipment. Created by Singapore-based TinyMOS, NANO1 follows the TINY1 launched in 2016 and now holds the distinction of being the world’s tiniest astronomy camera. It weighs only less than 10 0g (3.5 oz) with the kit lens attached, and measures 63.25 mm (2.49″) on its longest side. When paired with their mini tripod, it tips the scale at 250 g (8.8 oz), which is still a lot lighter than the lightest DSLR or mirrorless camera with lens.

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