How to Photograph Meteors

The 2016 Perseid Meteor shower peaks this weekend and astronomers believe it could be a shower for the ages with rates up to 200 meteors per hour. Perseid meteors are small pieces of debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle. Usually Earth grazes the edge of this debris, but thanks to the gravitational pull of Jupiter, this year we will plow straight through the middle of it. 

They radiate from the constellation Perseus in the northeastern sky, although you will be able to see them in all parts of the sky. The most important thing is to at a dark location, far away from city lights.


Step by Step Guide to Stacking Lightning Images

We've all seen the pictures that look like the sky is short circuiting. Some people hate them, but I get a crazy response when I create these. It seems like every time I post one, I get several messages from people asking how to do this process. I've been promising to put this tutorial together forever, so here goes. 

The process to make these kinds of images is called stacking, and it involves taking a series of photos over a period of time then layering them on top of one another in Photoshop...

The Complete Guide to Shooting the Milky Way Galaxy

The galactic center of the Milky Way is beginning to be visible in the Northern Hemisphere before dawn, as it rises on the southeast horizon. It will retroactively be visible for longer durations as the year wears on through October, when it aligns closer with the sun and is no longer visible.

Shooting the Milky Way can be very challenging, yet rewarding. The following will teach you everything you need to know to go out and capture your own view of our galaxy. 

The Ultimate Guide to Photographing LIghtning

Make no mistake, lightning is extremely dangerous. It is the most unpredictable element of thunderstorms. The average person has about a 1 in 10,000 chance of being struck by lightning, but if you're intentionally going out into thunderstorms those chances increase dramatically. In the first half of the 20th century, an average of about 400 Americans died each year from lightning strikes. That number has decreased significantly with an average of 32 lightning fatalities per year since 2006.

How To Photograph the Moon

Photographers of any skill level can capture the moon. It just takes some planning and the proper equipment. You can find out what time the moon rises and sets near your location here


Photoshop. Simplified.




Photoshop. Simplified.





Use the ORANGE links and clickable images to navigate your courses. 

Lesson #one :
INtro to post processing

  • The Anatomy of Photoshop
  • Raw vs. Jpeg
  • Why you should shoot in Raw
  • When it is acceptable to shoot in jpeg
    VIDEO : Raw vs. Jpeg (1:10 run time)

Lesson #two :
Editing in Adobe Camera Raw

  • Basic Adjustments Panel
  • Sharpening and Noise Reduction 
  • Lens Correction
  • Guided Upright
  • Cropping
  • Spot Removal 
  • Adjustment Brush
    VIDEO : Editing in Camera Raw (6:10 run time) 

Lesson #Three :
Understanding Photoshop Layers

  • What are layers? 
  • How to Use Layers 
  • Creating New Layers
  • Creating Adjustment Layers
  • Understanding Layer Styles
  • Understanding Opacity
  • Understanding Blending Modes
    VIDEO : How to Use Layers (5:00 run time)

Lesson #Four :
Using Brushes and Layer Masks

  • What is a Brush
  • How to Use a Brush
  • How to Manipulate a Brush
  • How to Use Foreground and Background Colors
  • What is a Layer Mask? 
  • How to Properly Use Layer Masks
  • How to Blend Two Images Together
    VIDEO : How to Use a Layer Mask (3:29 run time)

Lesson #Five : 
Adjusting color

  • Color Theory 
  • Color Harmonies
  • Hue / Saturation / Lightness 
  • How to Use Levels 
  • Color Balance  
  • VIDEO : Correcting Color in Your Images (6:00 run time) 

Lesson #Six :
Photoshop Tools

  • What is a Selection? 
  • How to Manipulate a Selection 
  • Patch Tool/Spot Healing Brush Tool
  • Removing Unwanted Objects from Images 
  • Dodge Tool/ Burn Tool 
  • Sponge Tool
    VIDEO : Making Sense of the Many Tools of Photoshop (13:06 run time)

Lesson #Seven :
Sharpening and noise reduction

  • Spot Sharpening 
  • Sharpen Tool 
  • Creating Sharpening Filters
  • Noise Reduction
    VIDEO : Making Your Images Clean and Tack Sharp (3:15 run time)

Lesson #Eight :
Bringing It All Together

  • Adding Watermarks
  • Cropping and Resizing
  • Saving Your Files for Print
  • Saving Your Files for Online Use
    VIDEO : The Entire Process on a Low Light Image
    (9:22 run time)


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