Capturing Excellent Astrophotography
A year ago I re-started my photography journey and I was scared at the thought of remembering what I had learned so many years before. I never would’ve thought my journey as a photographer would lead me to where I am now: becoming a night and landscape photographer.
As a photographer I love capturing moments. During the day I can use the greatest source of light we have–the sun–to illuminate any subject. Everything is free game when it comes to light during the day. When the sun starts to set, a whole new world opens up. What was visible during the day is no longer relevant. Night has come and so much more is waiting to be seen.
My passion for astrophotography and landscape photography began on a whim. I was out on a drive with my roommate and her sister in rural Idaho. We were so engrossed in the clarity, grandeur, and brightness of the stars that we decided to go out the next night to shoot some astrophotography. I had NO clue how to shoot astro, but I was excited to learn and try this out just as a one time hobby. The next day I studied constantly about what I needed to know and the time to go shoot finally came. My first shots turned out okay and I was fine with how they turned out, considering it was my first time. My roommate coaxed me into going up the rural mountain road to get more shots and I’m so glad we did. The framing of the trees with the amazing color and brightness of the Milky Way was absolutely BREATHTAKING. We almost had an animal encounter in the treeline nearby, but staying up to the wee hours of the morning and overcoming my fear of being attacked by animals was entirely worth it. THIS is where my passion began.
I’ve progressed a lot in that short year, but every astrophotography session has made me a better photographer and honed my skills in shooting the night sky. I began with my planning, shooting, and editing skills barely knowing how to control the color, light, and composition of my fine art/astrophotography. Now, I’ve advanced to mastering all aspects of the astrophotography process. In the last year I’ve come across people who’ve had that same curiosity to learn astrophotography. I’ve had incredible experiences and the privilege to become friends with these people who share the same intensity and passion for this form of photography. It’s also been the most satisfying and rewarding experience to show, teach, and do what I love with those who are eager to learn.
In the early stages of re-learning photography I expected it to be just a means to an end to get a career in digital marketing, but it’s become a part of me. If you ever want to shoot the sky, let’s connect!