Have you ever photographed the stars at night? When you’re in a remote location, far from the maddening crowd and bright city lights, it’s incredible just how many stars come out at night. Astrophotography can be truly rewarding when you’re using the right Canon camera techniques to capture the starry sky and surrounding night scene. I was lucky enough to be part of our Apprentice article photoshoot this issue, with Canon pro and astro ace Alyn Wallace. When the clouds cleared for us just after midnight at Nash Point, on the south coast of Wales, a full blanket of stars, the Milky Way and even Uranus were clear as day, just waiting to be photographed.
What was equally a sight to behold was watching how fast Alyn reacted to the small window of opportunity. If there was an astrophotography athletics event at the Olympics, he’d win gold every time! He literally sprinted between each shot, determined to make the most of the clear night sky. Read how to take great night sky shots yourself from page 8.
Also inside, we bring you a comprehensive A-to-z guide to Canon photography (page 27), the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017 winners (page 18), including an interview with overall winner Brent Stirton (page 66). We also test new A4 and A3+ printers, messenger bags, and a new Profoto flash light, the Gear section starts on page 97.
There’s more awesome photo projects and image-editing tutorials to try yourself, from page 47, with accompanying video guides. Plus win a big bundle of great Manfrotto gear including a tripod, LED lights and stand, and backpack, worth over £800, see page 40.