When photographing the Milky Way, we want to let as much light hit the sensor as possible. With this in mind, it’s only natural to assume that we want to use a slower shutter speed. This is certainly true, but the fact that the Earth rotates can make things a little more complicated.
If we choose a shutter speed that is too slow, we will end up with blurry, trailed stars. Make it too fast and we won’t capture as much detail as we could otherwise. The trick is to find the correct balance. There are a couple of ways to go about calculating the slowest shutter speed you can get away with. I’ll be covering two of these methods here.
So, let’s quit talking about it and get to it!Read More
You’ve spent countless hours planning and obsessively checking the weather to go out and capture what you hope will be an epic Milky Way shot. You’ve got a great location, a killer composition and took the time to carefully dial in your focus and camera settings. You get them home and realize that there is just too much noise for there to be a good image. What went wrong? How do people get these epic, low-noise Milky Way shots?
Well, one option would be to use a star tracking setup, but this is expensive and complicated to learn. An alternative, however, would be to use a method called stacking. Using this method, we can shoot the Milky Way at extremely high ISOs and end up with a final image that has little to no noise.
The best part? This works regardless of rather or not you’re shooting on a low-end, crop-sensor DSLR or a multi-thousand dollar pro-body!Read More
My two previous weekends have been spent on top of an amazing rock formation located in Kentucky’s Red River Gorge; Ravens Rock. This large rock formation can be seen throughout The Gorge (especially from Auxier Ridge), but people seldom go up there and take advantage of its breathtaking views. This means that Ravens Rock is a great place to find some solitude! I visited Ravens on two separate trips, a quick trip to photograph the sunset, and an overnight where I photographed the sunset, milky way, and the sunrise.
I should also mention that if you’re interested in doing a trip like this yourself, you can check out my free trail guide to hiking Raven’s Rock.Read More
My plans for this past weekend originally included heading out to the Dolly Sods Wilderness in West Virginia for a backpacking trip. Unfortunately, however, events unfolded that led me to cancel this trip. Such is life.
The upside was that I had three days with absolutely nothing planned. Rather than sit around and lament the fact that I couldn’t go on my backpacking trip, I decided to throw my camera gear in the car and head down south to The Gorge. This wouldn’t be my typical photo session though. This time the goal was to shoot for the stars… literally!