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