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Noob Astrophotography Mistakes That Will Ruin Your Nightscapes

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(Last Updated On: Nov 28, 2019)

by Jonathan Lee Martin February 4, 2019

Landscape photographers spend a lot of time outdoors at strange hours of the day to capture a few shots at sunrise and sunset. But have you considered exploring astrophotography to broaden your shoot options to include breathless starry nights?

Nightscapes merge the universal appeal of landscapes with the mystery of the night sky. In this week’s vlog, I cover five technical mistakes that can plague newcomers to astrophotography. Some are obvious in retrospect, but others like ISO invariance are completely counterintuitive without a deeper understanding of signal processing.

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Astrophotography pushes every aspect of the camera and photographer to the limit, and there are many unforgiving variables that can ruin hours of shoot time. Your first several shoots are guaranteed to have issues, so if you want to try some starry landscapes on an upcoming trip, make it a priority to practice from your backyard first — not at the top of Mauna Kea. Frequent retrospectives and setting aside time in your itinerary to revisit the same locations will make the difference between hours of wasted time and a competition-winning nightscape.

Are you a newcomer to nightscapes, or a seasoned astrophotographer? I’d love to hear what challenges you are struggling with, or lessons you’ve learned. Posted In: EducationLandscapesPost ProductionTravelvia:Yellowscale by Jonathan Lee Martin

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Jonathan Lee Martin is a fine art landscape photographer, educator and globetrotting digital nomad. He’s traveling the world for a year to discover unique landscapes and help fellow landscape photographers lighten their load to go further.yellowscale.com

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