Night photography is something that most photographers are somewhat interested in. I think it’s because there is something so amazing about photographing things that we can’t normally see with our eyes. By using a long exposure, we are able to bring out details unresolvable to the human eye.

Astrophotography takes this a step further and allows photographers to spend hours shooting one dim object in the night sky. Many find it surprising that some of the best images of deep sky objects (really dim objects in the night sky) are made up of hundreds of hours of integrated exposures. These exposures are shot night after night and finally stacked into a final image with more detail and a fraction of the noise when compared to a single exposure.

If this sounds complicated, that’s because it is. But that’s what makes it fun!

Check out the video below and join in as we look at the basics of astrophotography and the gear necessary to get started in this genre. And how you can get started with what you have!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Forest Chaput de Saintonge

Forest Chaput de Saintonge directs Rocky Mountain School of Photography with his wife, Sarah. He has been immersed in photography since he was born. He grew up in Missoula and began taking photos with an SLR when he was seven years old. He started working for Rocky Mountain School of Photography at age 13. During his free time, he likes to become a master at new things, build stuff, run, hike, bike, photograph, and be an amateur astronomer. Forest has a BA in Astrophysics, just because. He really enjoys teaching and loves to help students understand concepts thoroughly. Forest has vast experience working with and teaching Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, and has worked many hours in the black and white darkroom.

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