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Friday, August 1st, 2014

August 2014 Night Photography Events Calendar

Each month I post a monthly night photography events calendar on the first day of the month. Events listed on this calendar are suitable for wide-field and moderate-telephoto astrophotography, as well as for general night photography. Unless otherwise stated, all events occur in the United States at mid-latitudes. Most of the events also occur at Read more... you know you want to.

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

July 2014 Night Photography Events Calendar

Each month I post a monthly night photography events calendar on the first day of the month. Events listed on this calendar are suitable for wide-field and moderate-telephoto astrophotography, as well as for general night photography. Unless otherwise stated, all events occur in the United States at mid-latitudes. Most of the events also occur at Read more... you know you want to.

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Apps, Charts, Websites & Other Resources For Night Photographers—Plus A Little Time On The Soapbox

It’s official. The question I get most often is no longer, “What camera should I buy?” Now it’s, “What app should I use?” I’m not sure which of these questions I enjoy answering less. Yes, I am sure. Talking about cameras is easy compared to software. The biggest challenge is addressing the difference between need and Read more... you know you want to.

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Chart For Viewing And Photographing The Milky Way

Milky Way in Night Sky

Among the questions I get most often is, “How can I find the Milky Way?” The smart aleck in me wants to just say, “Open your eyes,” but I understand the why this is a valid question. The sad truth is that most people have never seen the Milky Way with their own eyes. Light Read more... you know you want to.

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

June 2014 Night Photography Events Calendar

Each month I post a monthly night photography events calendar on the first day of the month. Events listed on this calendar are suitable for wide-field and moderate-telephoto astrophotography, as well as for general night photography. Unless otherwise stated, all events occur in the United States at mid-latitudes. Most of the events also occur at Read more... you know you want to.

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Firefly Timelapse

I'm getting into serious firefly anticipation mode. The critters should be in full force in my yard in a week or so. I have lots of new ideas to try out that I've been planning since last year. Found this really cool firefly timelapse from Vincent Brady that has given me some ideas as well.

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Hillsides For Light Painting

Light painting along switchback trail

Shining lights into the lens to create shapes or spell out words is a great way to create dramatic images. And it’s fun! However, you need to pick your shooting locations carefully and design your light paintings based on them. For example, if you’re shooting on level ground, it will be difficult to do light paintings Read more... you know you want to.

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Go With The Flow When Light Painting

If the siding on your house were vertical, would you paint it using horizontal strokes? No, of course not. You would follow the flow of whatever you were painting, or else you’d end up with a blotchy mess. It works the same with light painting when using a flashlight. Think of your flashlight as a Read more... you know you want to.

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Rain Pants On Clear Nights

You’re probably not going to do a lot of night photography when it’s raining, but if you’re out in nature on dewy night, you’ll feel like you have been. Slip on a pair of lightweight rain pants before you start wading through the vegetation and kneeling on the ground.

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Who Does This Scene Need?

Yesterday’s tip suggested shooting street scenes in summer because more people are outside. You wouldn’t want to shoot an outdoor café scene that didn’t have diners, would you? Think about how this applies to other subjects as well. If cafés need diners… Hiking trails need hikers Jogging paths need joggers Bars need drinkers Swings need swingers Fishing piers need fishers Campsites need Read more... you know you want to.