Awesome Astrophotography Tutorial from 500px

Feb 27, 2014

JP Danko

JP Danko is a commercial photographer based in Toronto, Canada. JP can change a lens mid-rappel, swap a memory card while treading water, or use a camel as a light stand.

Feb 27, 2014

JP Danko

JP Danko is a commercial photographer based in Toronto, Canada. JP can change a lens mid-rappel, swap a memory card while treading water, or use a camel as a light stand.

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If you’re into photographing the night sky, you’ll want to check out this very comprehensive astrophotography tutorial by photographer Dave Morrow and published by 500px.

Jason Jenkins Milky Way Galaxy
Illuminate My Dark Soul by Jason Jenkins via Flickr Creative Commons

The first half of the tutorial takes you through the nuts and bolts of photographing the night sky -advice on lenses, cameras and camera settings.

But, what I found extremely useful are Dave’s tips for editing astrophotography.

With a little practice, it doesn’t take too long to figure out how to capture very good photographs of the night sky – but it is the post processing the turns good astrophotography photos into great astrophotography photos.

I am definantly going to try out Dave’s recommendation to use luminosity masks in Photoshop to both brighten the stars (the bright spots in the photo) and remove noise from the sky (the dark areas of the photo) – two issues I have had problems solving in my own astrophotography.

Click here for the turorial.

The ISS With Dragon and the Center of the Milky Way Galaxy by Ian Norman via Flickr Creative Commons
“The ISS With Dragon and the Center of the Milky Way Galaxy” by Ian Norman via Flickr Creative Commons

 

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One response to “Awesome Astrophotography Tutorial from 500px”

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    David Morrow

    Glad you like the tutorial. Thanks for sharing and for the nice write up.