It’s gone cold and crispy again, which means clear night skies this week and on that theme we have news of a really exciting new course for 2015 – Astrophotography! So if you fancy having a go at shooting the stars and planets this winter scroll down for more details. We’ve also got a little article about great apps for photographers
So do read on…..
What’s app? – the apps every photographer will find useful!
Like or loath them smartphones are as much a part of modern life as taxes, they’re a great way of staying connected to the world around us. One of the great resources they can provide to us as photographers is the ability to plan and predict the best times to visit a location to get the absolute best from the light available. Here are a two to look out for and use the next time you want to plan a trip to your favourite photographic location. There are two more apps reviewed purely for their novelty and interesting images they can generate. So it’s time to delve a little further into smartphone apps to try.
Sun Seeker is available for both Android and iPhone/iPad and provides you with ability to chart the sun’s movement either as a flat compass view or in 3D Augmented Reality Viewer. Simply find the location you’re planing to visit and then check any day of the year for the best light. The app also shows what time the sun rises and sets for those golden hour photographs.
Light Trac is also available for both Android and iPhone/iPad and provides you with a similar sun charting abilities to Sun Seeker. Finding your location to check the suns position is very easy and will also show you the length shadows will cover, great if you want to know where to stand to get the best light and dark in the images you create. There’s even a moon tracking option for any astrophotography, but more about that later.
Now for something a little more fun. Phogy, 3D camera. This camera app allows you to shoot and object as a short clip (3 seconds in the free version). The app then converts your image into a 3D view of that object. The result is quite amazing and by rotating your phone you pan around the subject. The clip can be exported as a Giff or and MP4 clip to upload to FaceBook or email to your family, friends and even clients! Android or iTunes
Photosynth, Microsoft are behind this amazing App! It’s a great way of creating 360 degree panoramas of the world around you without the need for hours of painstaking stitching images together yourself. There’s even a social side to the app where you can login and share your images or simply browse the 360 pans others users have uploaded already. The results are simply breath taking and great fun to create too. iTunes only!
HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH THE SKY AT NIGHT –
A BEGINNERS EVENING OF ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY
It’s with great pleasure that we can bring you news of a brand new collaboration with Mansfield & Sutton Astronomical Society for an evening of star gazing at Sherwood Observatory (pictured below).
Our course is aimed at photographers who are confident with their camera controls but who have had either limited, or no previous experience in this subject matter. We’ll be demonstrating how to shoot the night sky with your DSLR and your usual lenses, plus working in more depth with telescopes attached to camera bodies too.
Different styles of image will be discussed, including how to shoot star trails, planets and constellations and of course if the light permits, you’ll be getting stuck in! You’ll see how to post produce for best results with Adobe Software, as what you do AFTER you shoot, is just as vital as during. Colour temperature control, useful apps, where and what you can purchase to help you shoot at your leisure will be covered too.
Finally, you’ll be going home with a guide to the best sky displays during 2015. Our partners at the observatory tell us that on clear nights, they should have the big telescope operating and there will be the chance to stay on and star gaze. Can’t wait!!
If you’d like to join us, the details are all on the website and the evening is priced at £99
Images below courtesy of Phil Randall (Sherwood Observatory and The Milky Way by John Hurst.
Visit Line and Light to find out more about this and all other courses available, and book your place today.
Course content – in brief
- An introduction to the night sky and photography using your standard DSLR kit.
- Types of astrophotography images and how to create them.
- Exposure, colour temperature and lens choice considerations.
- Post production methods using Adobe software.
- Almanack to keep with observations for the night sky over Britain in the coming year.