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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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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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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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…

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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How to Fall in Love with Film Again. Fujifilm Acros 100 II Review

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Fujifilm truly showed how they’ve got guts and amazed me. How often does a company discontinue a film, listen to their fans, and then bring it back? I mean, would you ever expect Apple to say that they were wrong? Or Canon? Fujifilm basically did that, and they deserve lots of praise for it. Fujifilm Acros 100 II is the company’s new emulsion. It’s a beautiful one with inky blacks, sharp details, and a gorgeous look to it. If you shoot with Fujifilm X series cameras, I strongly suggest you give Acros 100 II a shot. But it’s also great if you’re looking or a sharp, low ISO film. And when it’s paired with the right lenses, it’s going to give you all those tones you rave about. Alongside Kodak T-Max 400, this is now my favorite black and white film.

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Astrophotographer Jason De Freitas Enjoys Shooting with Film

All images by Jason De Freitas. Used with permission. Be sure to follow him on Instagram.

“Initially astrophotography interested me more than photography in general – the fact that such stunning images of space could be taken by amateurs from home surprised me,” says film photographer Jason De Freitas. “As an engineer the technical aspects of astrophotography attracted me towards it.” He’s an engineer during the day, but when night comes he adores the process involving film. For him, he found that shooting with film really did not only slow him down, but made him a better photographer.

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One Zoom to Rule Them All? Fujifilm 16-80mm F4 Lens Review

The Fujifilm XF 16-80mm f4 combines a huge zoom range, constant maximum aperture, weather sealing, and optical image stabilization in a compact package.

Until recently, Fujifilm’s 16-55mm f2.8 R LM WR and 18-55mm f2.8-4 R LM OIS lenses were the only options available for X mount cameras when it came to standard 24-70mm zooms (35mm Full Frame equivalent). With the introduction of the Fujifilm XF 16-80mm f4 R OIS WR, Fujifilm shooters finally have a third option. With a focal range spanning the 35mm Full Frame equivalent of 24-120mm, the Fujifilm XF 16-80mm f4 is essentially a 24-105mm standard zoom for the X Mount (with an extra 15mm of coverage at the long end). As its name indicates, the XF 16-80mm f4 is a weather-resistant and optically image-stabilized zoom lens featuring a dedicated aperture control ring. Weighing in at just 0.97 lbs / 440 g, it’s pretty lightweight as well. If you’re a Fujifilm X Mount shooter, the 16-80mm f4 could be the right lens for you.

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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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Fujifilm, It’s Time for Faster Primes with Weather Sealing (F1.4 and Up)

Fujifilm has been setting new standards with their APS-C cameras, and they have also racked up an impressive library of X Mount lenses, especially when it comes to primes. The F2 lineup is lauded by many for sharp optics, beautiful bokeh, and excellent color renditions. They are also weather-sealed primes with great price points. Their more expensive primes produce even better images, but for some reason, lack weather sealing. This lack of faster weather-sealed primes creates an issue for pros looking to use the system full time, and it is an issue that needs to be addressed. Join us after the break to find out what we would like to see in terms of new lenses from Fujifilm.

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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…

This Milky Way Photo Was Shot on Fujifilm Superia X-TRA 400

Here’s something to inspire you to shoot something new — like Milky Way photos — with your film cameras. 

Can you still shoot Milky Way photos or star trails with film? Why yes, of course, and there are still photographers who get pretty good results out of it. We recently spotted an r/analog thread that shows what you can expect should you be brave enough to finally try it out. This Milky Way snap was shot by Nick Cheng (u/EpicNarwhals on Reddit) using a Canon EOS Rebel K2 loaded with a Fujifilm Superia X-TRA 400. In his thread, he also mentioned equipping this film camera with the Rokinon 14mm f2.8 lens that he was using with his Canon EOS RP (and thought “what the hell”) to see if anything would come out.

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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…

More Stunning Astrophotography Shot Using Polaroid Instant Camera

Daniel Stein continues to take astrophotography to new heights with more examples of otherworldly snaps using a Polaroid instant camera.

Ever wanted to explore the possibilities of Polaroid photography? How about taking it to the stars? A couple of years ago, Daniel Stein showed us it’s possible to do some stunning instant photos of the Milky Way with a Polaroid camera. If you were amazed with those snaps, we’re glad to report that he’s back with more to wow and inspire us.

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The Fujifilm 8-16mm F2.8 R LM WR Lens Is Here. And So Is Much More!

The Fujifilm 8-16mm f2.8 R LM WR lens isn’t all that’s being announced tonight.

We’ve known about the Fujifilm 8-16mm f2.8 R LM WR for quite a long time: today the cat is finally out of the bag. The new lens is designed to be Fujifilm’s wide angle zoom lens amounting to a 12-24mm focal length with an f2.8 aperture. Of course, that also means the depth of field will be deeper due to this being an APS-C optic, but it will also be a wide angle. With that said, we’re not quite sure that the aperture will always matter. This lens has weather sealing built into it. In fact there are 11 points of weather sealing. While I’ve never doubted Fuji’s build quality, I’ve never been a major fan of their zoom lenses, so let’s hope this one is better.

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Here’s Why Astrophotography in Creepy Abandoned Spots Can Be Worth It

That abandoned gas station or crumbling old house way out of town could be one of the best spots for astrophotography if you want to get some cool star trail or Milky Way snaps.

So, you’ve finally decided to do some astrophotography and nail one of those gorgeous star trail and Milky Way photos. If you did your homework, you already know one crucial element in this kind of photography: location, location, location. You’ll need a spot far enough from the city so there’s no light pollution that could cloud your long exposure. Somewhere with an interesting foreground would also be great. For photographer Brendan van Son, it was a creepy ghost town. The results, however, were worth the scare!

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These Beautiful Images of the Milky Way Were Shot on Impossible Project 600 Film

Images by Daniel Stein. Used with permission.

Photographers have very mixed opinions on Impossible Project’s film, but there’s no denying that Daniel Stein nailed this photo of the Milky Way. Using an SX-70 and IP600 film, he was able to use the film to capture this hypnotic and beautiful moment.

“In brief, I first got into photography a long time ago when I was 10 (I am 23 now).” says Dan in an email interview with us. “I am quite visually impaired, seeing primarily out of my left eye only. Holding a viewfinder up to my face gave the world a new meaning to me.” According to Dan, this allowed him to see things beyond what his physical vision could see.

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