Star Tracker Tutorial

November 14, 2017  •  4 Comments
Tired of grainy Milky Way photos? Don't want to spend $2,000 on a new wide angle lens? A star tracker is the easiest, and most cost effective, way to capture higher quality nightscapes! These devices basically move the camera at the same speed as the stars, allowing you to take much longer photos without any star trails. The key is to align the dev...
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Telephoto Landscapes

November 07, 2017  •  2 Comments
For the past three months I've been on the road exploring some of the most beautiful places in America. From the Wind River Range to see the Great American Eclipse, to Maroon Bells for the first snowfall of the season, to the Pacific Coast! Surprisingly, one of my most used lenses is the Tamron 150-600mm. Many would consider this a wildlife lens, b...
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The Power of RAW

November 05, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
When many new photographers get their first DSLR, they tend to shoot in JPEG only. Shooting in JPEG is an easy way to go, but you lose a lot of control over your final image. RAW allows complete control over your images! A RAW file is an unprocessed image, like a digital negative. In the film days, a negative contained all the information to make...
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Yellowstone National Park

September 14, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
The past few times I've been out West, Yellowstone was never a major destination. It was always much too crowded with tourists. While planning this roadtrip, I realized that Yellowstone is home to the darkest skies in America! Yellowstone would be the perfect spot for Milky Way photography! I had also heard Yellowstone was a great place to watch fo...
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Waterfalls and Wildfires

September 11, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
After witnessing the Great American Eclipse, I had some free time to kill before the fall colors came to Colorado. Without hesitation, I knew I wanted to see the Pacific Northwest again. It is, by far, one of my favorite places in the entire country. Little did I know what was about to unfold... For the entire duration of my roadtrip, wildfire s...
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Great American Solar Eclipse

August 25, 2017  •  1 Comment
On June 14th I found the perfect spot to watch the Solar Eclipse: Square Top Mountain, in the Wind River Range. Using a photo I'd seen from the Wind River Range in Wyoming, and Google Earth to pinpoint the exact coordinates, I began to plan my Solar Eclipse photoshoot. If you look closely, you'll see a dead tree hanging over the river. Using Googl...
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The Next Adventure

August 08, 2017  •  2 Comments
For the past 9 months I've been back in Ohio, working part-time at the local camera shop and teaching lessons. The road had been calling me for a while and I knew I had to get back out there. The upcoming Total Solar Eclipse provided the perfect opportunity to hit the road! My overall plan is to enjoy the eclipse in Wyoming, drive down to Colorado...
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Dark Frame Subtraction Tutorial - Fix Amp Glow!

August 01, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
One of the most frequent and annoying problems I face when doing long exposures at night is amp glow. Amp glow is caused by two main factors: not capturing enough light and sensor heat. The more light you capture, and the cooler the camera sensor is, the less noticeable amp glow will be. A lens with heavy vignette will show more amp glow than a le...
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Progrey G-150Z Review

July 22, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
If you are currently looking into 150mm filter systems, there are a lot of choices. Of course, you have Lee and Nisi, two of the most well-known (and expensive) brands. I use the Lee 100mm system myself, but I've had some problems with it, mainly light leaks and bad color cast. Originally I was thinking of getting Lee's 150mm system, but I soon rea...
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Nikon, Tamron, or Rokinon - Best Lens for Astro?

July 21, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
This week I finally had the opportunity to test the Nikon 14-24mm, Tamron 15-30mm, and Rokinon 14mm against one another. Cherry Springs State Park, in Northern PA, provided the perfect testing environment with its incredibly dark sky. I had a couple goals with this test: determine how vignette effects amp glow, test coma, test vignette, and see how...
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Sigma 35mm Art - Astrophotography Performance

July 20, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
The Sigma 35mm Art is renowned for its sharpness and the Sigma Art series lenses are supposed to be some of the best on the market. I purchased this lens back in 2015, hoping it would make an excellent lens for Milky Way photography, with its f/1.4 aperture. On my 2016 roadtrip, I was able to capture some stunning Milky Way photos with the Sigma!...
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A Look Back and The Next Adventure

July 16, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
A Look Back One year ago I embarked on my first photography roadtrip. 15,000 miles, 15 National Parks, 4 months, and thousands of pictures. Before the roadtrip, I had been working a full-time IT job in Youngstown, Ohio. Night after night I spent 9 hours in a windowless, grey building. I soon realized this wasn't what I wanted to do with my life. Af...
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Tamron 15-30mm vs Nikon 14-24mm

July 10, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
This weekend I had the chance to try the Tamron 15-30mm, one of the best wide-angle lenses out right now. For the past 6 months I've wanted to test this lens against the legendary Nikon 14-24mm. Unfortunately there was a full moon this weekend, so I couldn't capture any Milky Way photos. Instead, I went back to Observatory Park to do another Star T...
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Haida 150mm Filter System Review

June 30, 2017  •  3 Comments
For the past 3 years I've used Lee Filter's 100mm system on my lenses. When I purchased the Nikon 14-24mm, I needed a special filter system to work with the lens. After comparing 8 filter systems, it seemed that Haida Filters offered a good filter holder for a reasonable price. The Haida filter holder for the 14-24mm is currently $136, a bargain co...
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Planning your Solar Eclipse Photoshoot

June 14, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Step 1 - Learn what time the Eclipse will begin The Solar Eclipse will take place on August 21st in the US. While the Total Eclipse will only be visible in a narrow band across the country, virtually everyone should be able to see a partial eclipse. Use this interactive website to see what time the eclipse will occur at your location. You can choos...
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