Abstract – Over the past several years, we’ve all seen some awesome nightscape photos online, in various publications and even in television advertisements. Seeing these images, many of us are inspired to try to create our own awesome night sky images. With the right equipment, software, a little knowledge and a lot of practice and patience, you too can create your own awesome nightscape images
In this presentation, Don will share some of the essential tips and techniques you can use to improve your own nightscapes. These include equipment required to take good images as well as how to capture images in the field. Once the images are captured, the work is only half done, and Don will show you the basics of assembling and processing a finished image.
Our Speaker – Don Selle became a new amateur astronomer and member of the Houston Astronomical Society since 2003. A year later he started learning astrophotography and he is still learning today. His astrophotography experience has included use of both CCD and DSLR cameras, and OTAs spanning the range from a 66mm refractor to a 12-inch RC. In the past several years he has branched out into shooting nightscapes.
In 2008, with a new digital camera and fast lens in hand, Don took his first nightscape images of the Milky Way in Fort Davis TX. The images were pretty raw, but just good enough to instill hope that with practice the images would improve. With practice, and with the application of knowledge and techniques adapted from astro-photography, he has finally succeeded in creating high quality nightscapes.
Don has served as an officer and director of HAS since 2009 and was President in 2018-19 and is still chasing the dream of creating that publication quality, prize winning nightscape and astro-photo.