Many readers have asked about the image I used in the recent article on the Gould Belt, an image which showed a few bright stars in the belt in the constellation Scorpius reflected in a foreground mountain lake, with forest and mountains in the distance.
Did I take this image?
No, this splendid image was provided by the expert photographer David Kingham, one of the foremost practitioners of what’s called nightscape photography. Made possible by advances in digital camera technology and post-processing, this new type of photography combines elements of astrophotography (without a telescope) and landscape photography to enable the creation of quite stunning still images and time lapse movies.
If you’re curious about trying nightscape photography for yourself, David’s new e-book on the subject serves as an excellent starting place. His new guide reveals all the steps you need to create your own nightscape images. You learn how to select equipment, set the camera, scout for good locations and foreground settings, as well as the basics of how to process your images to tease out maximum detail. David also recommends some advanced cameras for nightscape photography, but you can get started with any digital SLR camera you already have, especially if it’s less than a few years old.
Called “A Complete Guide to Photographing Under the Night Sky“, Kingham’s e-book gives you just enough technical background to help your artistic side to take over, so you can create stunning nightscapes for yourself without thinking too much about what the camera is doing. As David says in the book, the goal is to “inspire you, to reconnect you to the world around you and the sky above, so that … your day-to-day worries and fears disappear, and you stop thinking about the past and the future, and you are one with the present.” A worthy goal for sure.
This 120-page book comes in PDF format and goes for just twelve bucks. I don’t get a dime for recommending it to you, and I don’t get paid if you buy a copy. But it’s a useful and easy-to-follow guide which I’ve been using myself to learn about this new craft and about the capabilities of modern DSLR cameras to make stargazing more rewarding.
You can learn more about David’s guide to nightscape photography and take a peek inside the e-book at the link below: