Astrophotography: It’s More Than the Milky Way!

Astro Photography in the California desert

Astrophotography is emerging as a new experience for many photographers. The Milky Way is now open territory for all. Imagery with good stories is now being produced using it, pushing night photography to new heights!

Camera sensors have become so sensitive to light, and there are great strides in noise reduction software that help create interesting and compelling images with your digital SLR.

As amazing as this is, as, with any successful daylight landscape photograph, strong foregrounds and compositions are as critical as ever! The novelty and mystery of the Milky Way images alone are a common place online, just as much as static shots of our closest star, the sun, have been for years.

As amazing as this is, as, with any successful daylight landscape photograph, strong foregrounds and compositions are as critical as ever! The novelty and mystery of the Milky Way images alone are common place online, just as much as static shots of our closest star, the sun, have been for years.

Additionally, finding clear and interesting dark locations on our light washed night sky planet can be a challenge, but highly rewarding when found. Many of my own captures were carefully considered options in optimal conditions as far away from city lights as possible.

Working behind the camera in a dark environment is a challenge for anyone. The internet is awash in a simple to highly detailed technical methods on how to capture the stars. Seek one that works for you and try it in your backyard or nearby open field. Polish your technique before heading out for your first attempt.  I suggest keeping your image capture method as simple to manage as possible.

The adventure of seeking that right combination of foreground subject matter with the Milky Way is an exciting and highly rewarding experience!

If you’d like to join us on an astrophotography adventure, consider our Alabama Hills Night Photography Workshop in the Eastern Sierra this summer. We spend time in this remote area capturing the milky way and images similar to the one above.

All the best,

Mark Jansen

By |2018-04-13T22:44:03+00:00May 19th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

About the Author:

Mark’s interest in photography and love for landscape photography draws him into some amazing places and he freely shares this knowledge on his photography workshops. He researches his subjects extensively, making many trips to selected areas waiting for the perfect light, an interesting approach to the subject, and just the right moment. His goal of "freezing time for others to enjoy" is what drives him to create his visions and teach workshops.Mark offers photographic workshops in numerous U.S. and International locations with his business, Jansen Photo Expeditions. He is an expert and personable instructor, expedition leader and award winning, visionary photographer. Mark has over 25 years of professional fine art and photographic experience. He has a passion for landscape and classic aviation photography and provides large scale commercial installations of his fine art photographic murals and print works throughout California. He works with both small and large corporate businesses in helping them project a powerful impact through his images.

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