Heavenly bod­ies

Au­ro­ras, star trails and the moon – Matty Gra­ham shares ex­pert tips for tak­ing out-of-this-world shots of these pop­u­lar sub­jects

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Ex­pert Matty Gra­ham shows you how to shoot for the stars with his tips on as­tropho­tog­ra­phy

Pho­tog­ra­phers who have en­joyed a long hot sum­mer, com­plete with end­less hours of sunny days and golden sun­sets, may be let­ting out an ex­tended sigh at the prospect of it now be­ing dark by din­ner time. How­ever, while it may pose chal­lenges to pho­tog­ra­phers, the night sky presents won­der­ful op­por­tu­ni­ties to cap­ture ce­les­tial phe­nom­e­non and get cre­ative with mother na­ture.

Ac­ces­si­bil­ity to fast-aper­ture lenses at more rea­son­able prices and ad­vance­ments in sen­sor tech­nol­ogy means your cam­era can cap­ture ev­ery­thing from au­ro­ras to star trails with greater qual­ity than ever be­fore. What’s more, raw files con­tain­ing more tonal in­for­ma­tion will also en­able you to en­hance your af­ter-dark im­ages so you no longer have to fight a con­stant bat­tle with dig­i­tal grain.

To show you just how ac­ces­si­ble as­tropho­tog­ra­phy can be, in this ar­ti­cle we’re tak­ing on three ce­les­tial projects to ex­plain the tech­nique needed to pro­duce a stun­ning photo, along with the equip­ment to make the shoot eas­ier, and some pro­cess­ing tips to add that fi­nal pol­ish.

The im­pres­sive light dis­play in Lo­foten, Nor­way Canon EOS 6D, 17-40mm, 10sec at f/4, ISO 1600

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