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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.

Peter Travers Edi­tor

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