Some photographers love photo vests and wear them all the time. I have a friend who even wears his to dinner! Others wouldn’t be caught dead wearing one. Admittedly, a photo vest isn’t going to get you on any “best-dressed” lists, not to mention that wearing one is the same as attaching a sign to Read more... you know you want to.
Regardless of how you set the focus (manual or autofocus), once you get focus set it’s a good idea to tape the lens barrel so the gremlins won’t nudge it out of focus. You would be surprised how easy this can happen. The traditional choice for taping is gaffer tape. Gaffer is strong, easy to Read more... you know you want to.
For many night photos, it’s best to shoot multiple exposures and stack them in Photoshop, usually using the Lighten blend mode. This is the traditional method for shooting night-sky scenes that have a close foreground that you want to light paint. You shoot one shot for the sky and one or more shots for the Read more... you know you want to.
If your camera won’t fire and you’ve eliminated all the obvious reasons (did you turn on the camera?), the most likely culprit is that the camera is trying to autofocus and can’t do so in the darkness. If you use autofocus as I do instead of manually focusing, you must turn it off after you Read more... you know you want to.
Wrap a piece of Velcro around one of your tripod legs and use it for attaching intervalometers, penlights (so you don’t accidentally bump the tripod in the dark), or any item that you need quick access to while working at the tripod. It’s best to attach the hook (rough) portion to the tripod and the Read more... you know you want to.
A good method for obtaining focus when shooting objects that are fairly close is to shine a flashlight on them so that either your eyes or the camera’s autofocus can see it. If that doesn’t work, a surefire method is to carry the flashlight to the subject (or any point at the same distance away) Read more... you know you want to.
This Tuesday morning (April 15) is the first of four total lunar eclipses that will be visible in North America during 2014 and 2015. Considering that I’ve been clouded out of the past four, I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to photograph at least one of them. Unfortunately, the forecast in my backyard isn’t looking Read more... you know you want to.
My name is Kevin Adams and I’m having withdrawal. There, I admit it. It happens to me every year on April 2, which is the day after one of my favorite days of the year. Not that I need the excuse of April Fool’s Day to pull pranks, but it’s just a lot more fun Read more... you know you want to.
Folks, I am LIVID! I’m so mad that I’m going break one of my cardinal rules and bring politics into a blog post. But this isn’t any ordinary post. It‘s a call to arms. If you value your personal freedom and/or you enjoy night photography, you need to listen closely and take action. As many of Read more... you know you want to.
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.