1st Edition

The Complete Guide to Landscape Astrophotography
Understanding, Planning, Creating, and Processing Nightscape Images

ISBN 9781138922860
Published March 15, 2017 by Routledge
456 Pages

USD $52.95

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Book Description

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

Table of Contents

Front Matter


Foreword (Babak Tafreshi)



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.


Chapter 25 Where Do We Go From Here


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


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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.