Shuo Feng started out with event photography before shooting landscapes and cityscapes, which led him to become an iStock Contributor. Learn more about his adventures in capturing Astrophotography when you read this article!
Plan Your Shoot
Research the location to plan your visit. During the full moon, the Milky Way will be faded and difficult to shoot, so check the lunar calendar to determine the timing to shoot. “Skyguide” and “Planit” are apps that provide very detailed predictions about what you will get to shoot at night.
A location to consider shooting the Milky Way is outside the plane – be sure to choose your flight wisely and get a seat by the window!
Make Your Shot
The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV’s on-chip analog-to-digital conversion (ADC) shows significant improvements in dynamic range. Noise control is good at high ISO settings and provides more space for post processing. To capture astrophotography images set your camera to the largest aperture, 30s at 16mm and ISO 2000-6400. In the day, adjust manual focus to infinity and mark the focus ring on the lens. At night, use a flashlight to find the marker and move the focus ring towards it.
Frame your shots with basic composition techniques such as rule of thirds, centred composition and symmetry, and leading lines. Look for unique subjects such as the foreground to make your Milky Way photos distinguishable. Use props such as flashlights or a tilt and shift lens to make the photo dreamier.
Canon TS-E17mm f/4L | f/4 | 30s | ISO 100
Perfect Your Image
There are various ways to do reduce noise in astrophotography images. The easiest one is to use Lightroom for noise reduction, but this causes the photos to get blurry. Stacking is another method that is slow and tiring but effective. Photograph more than eight photos of the same scene, align the stars and finally use the “stack” function in Photoshop to reduce noise.
Canon TS-E17mm f/4L | f/4 | 30s | ISO 6400
Follow Shuo Feng on his astrophotography journey in capturing dreamy constellations at https://500px.com/shuofeng.