Many people who admire the starry sky on a clear night have a desire to photograph the sight they saw. Unfortunately, these attempts are far from always crowned with success, especially since a person who is accustomed to photographing exclusively during the day with an excess of light is often unclear on which side to approach the shooting in such seemingly unfavorable conditions. Nevertheless, to get a beautiful night shot with saturated colors, clearly visible constellations and a whitish strip of the Milky Way crossing the sky is easier than it might seem at first, and in this article I will try to make it possible to highlight the practical side of the issue. I note that we will not focus on high astrophotography, but rather on ordinary shooting of the starry sky in the context of landscape photography. Detailed shooting of deep space objects (galaxies, nebulae, quasars, etc.) requires very specific skills and tools, while decorating the night landscape with the general plan of the Milky Way is possible for everyone. Continue reading
The word “macro photography” usually means photographs taken on a sufficiently large, but still not microscopic scale, i.e. from about 1:10 to 1: 1. Pictures with a scale exceeding 1: 1 are already referred to as microphotographs, and everything smaller than 1:10 is considered just a close-up. The given ranges of scales are very arbitrary, and can serve only as guidelines, and not in any way rigid boundaries between individual genres of photography.
Perhaps the reader does not quite own the concept of scale, and the numbers 1: 1 tell him little about what? There is nothing complicated here. The shooting scale is the ratio of the linear dimensions of the subject to the linear dimensions of its image projected by the lens onto the matrix or film. A 1: 1 scale means full-size Continue reading
Shutter speed or, as it is also called, shutter speed is directly related to the transmission of motion in the pictures. When shooting stationary objects with a fixed camera, shutter speed is not important and is determined only by the necessary exposure. But when either the camera or the subject is set in motion, choosing the appropriate shutter speed becomes not only a technical, but also an artistic task.
Do not get confused: the higher the shutter speed, the shorter the shutter speed, the slower the shutter speed, the slower the shutter speed. Continue reading