Astrophotography: It’s More Than the Milky Way!

Mark Jansen

Mark Jansen

Owner / Operator at Jansen Photo Expeditions
Mark’s interest in photography and love for landscapes constantly draws him into some amazing places. He researches his subjects extensively, sometimes 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.

Mark has a passion for landscape and classic creative aviation photography as well as providing large scale commercial installations of his fine art photographic murals and print works throughout California.

He has over 25 years of professional fine art and photographic experience. 

He works with both small and large corporate businesses in helping them project a powerful impact through his images. Mark offers photographic workshops in various U.S. and International locations.

Mark is an expert and personable instructor, expedition leader & award winning, visionary photographer. 

He is also a photography educator with the "Manfrotto School of Excellence" online educational network. 

"This is gorgeous work!", says Christopher Robinson, editor of Outdoor Photographer Magazine.
Mark Jansen

Astrophotography is emerging as a new experience for many photographers. The Milky Way is now open territory for all. Imagery with good story 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 DSLR.

As amazing as this is, as with any successful daylight landscape photograph, strong foregrounds and compostions are as critical as ever! The novelty and mystery of the Milky Way images alone are common place online, just as much as a 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 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 techique 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 Santa Cruz Island Sunset and Stars workshop. We spend time on this remote capturing the milky way and images similar to the one above.

All the best,

Mark Jansen