The Complete Guide to Landscape Astrophotography is the ultimate manual for anyone looking to create spectacular landscape astrophotography images. By explaining the science of landscape astrophotography in clear and straightforward language, it provides insights into phenomena such as the appearance or absence of the Milky Way, the moon, and constellations. This unique approach, which combines the underlying scientific principles of astronomy with those of photography, will help deepen your understanding and give you the tools you need to fulfil your artistic vision.
Key features include:
* Distinguished Guest Gallery of images from renowned nightscape photographers such as Babak Tafreshi, Bryan Peterson, Alan Dyer, Brenda Tharp, Royce Bair, Wally Pacholka, and David Kingham
* The twenty-five best landscape astrophotography subjects and how to photograph them
* Astronomy 101 - build your knowledge of night sky objects and their motion: the Milky Way, moon, Aurora Borealis/Australis, constellations, meteors and comets
* Information on state-of-the-art planning software and apps designed to enable you to capture and enhance your landscape astrophotography
* Field guide for creating a detailed plan for your night shoot
* Description of the best moon phases for specific types of nightscape images, and the best months and times of night to see the Milky Way
* How-to guide for creating stunning time-lapse videos of the night sky, including Holy Grail transitions from pre-sunset to complete darkness
* Four detailed case studies on creating landscape astrophotography images of the Milky Way, full moon, star trails, and constellations
Mike Shaw is a renowned professional photographer who leads night and nature photography workshops around the world. He holds a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara, an M.S. in Ceramic Engineering from the Ohio State University, and a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Shaw is a former physics and astronomy professor who has taught thousands of students. He also conducts educational photography workshops for the community, including astronomy and astrophotography outreach seminars for the U.S. National Park Service.
Front Matter Dedication Foreword (Babak Tafreshi) Preface Acknowledgements Section I. What Is Landscape Astrophotography and Why Now? Chapter 1 Introduction and Goals of Book Section II. Understanding Astronomy & Atmospheric Science for Nightscape Images Chapter 2 The Night Sky & Its Movement Chapter 3 Sunrises/Sunsets Chapter 4 Aurora Borealis / Australis Chapter 5 The Moon Chapter 6 Solar System Chapter 7 Meteors, Meteor Showers, Comets, Fireballs and Bolides Chapter 8 Milky Way Chapter 9 Weather and Atmospheric Science Section III. Understanding Photography for Landscape Astrophotography Images Chapter 10 Light & the Human Eye Chapter 11 Camera and Lens Systems Chapter 12 Exposure Chapter 13 Light Painting and Light Drawing Chapter 14 Video, Time-Lapses and Motion-Production Section IV. Planning Landscape Astrophotography Images Chapter 15 The 25 Best Landscape Astrophotography Targets (& How to Photograph Them) Chapter 16 Developing Your Astrophotography Session Plan Chapter 17 Essential Software and Apps Chapter 18 Essential Hardware and Equipment Section V. Creating Landscape Astrophotography Images Chapter 19 The Astrophotography Clinic Chapter 20 Obstacles and Common Unexpected Problems Section VI. Processing Landscape Astrophotography Images Chapter 21 Image Management and Processing Foundations Chapter 22 Creative Nightscapes: Multiple Image Processing Section VII. Detailed Case Studies Chapter 23 From Concept to Curating - Four Detailed Case Studies Section VIII. Guest Gallery Chapter 24 Distinguished Guest Gallery Section IX. Conclusions Chapter 25 Where Do We Go From Here Appendices I Equipment Checklist II Figure Summary and World Map III Annual Night Sky Planner IV Homemade Planisphere V The Altitude of Polaris VI How Far Away is the Horizon VII Contributor Websites Index