Bringing the magic of the starry nights to couple photoshoots

First of all, for those who are wondering what is astrophotography, it is the name given to the process of taking pictures of anything not on the Earth, but out in space. Most of us probably think of images from the Hubble Space Telescope when the word is mentioned, but making good astrophotos doesn't require billions of dollars or a ride in the Space Shuttle, a DSLR would do the trick.

Behind the astrophotos

Astrophotography is when you're never trying to capture a "still" object. The earth's rotation makes the stars, planets, and the moon appear to move across the sky all night long. The moon and planets also have their own motions. And since most of the things we'd like to take photos of are awfully dim compared to a typical subject in the sunlight, we have to use long exposure times to gather enough light to see them, and they'll be moving (or appearing to) the whole time. There are only two ways around this constant movement: ignore it, or compensate for it.

Backgrounds that are picture perfect

 

The moon

The moon is the easiest celestial object to take pictures with. If the moon is showing a partial phase, center the telescope on the areas along the terminator, the boundary separating the lit and unlit sides. This is where the most dramatically shadowed terrain is. Each night, the terminator shifts across the moon's face, highlighting new areas. Another popular shot to attempt is the full moon hovering over a city skyline or natural landscape.

 

The stars

Planet Earth is rotating at 1000 miles per hour and is also hurtling through space at 67,000 miles per hour! So, as you can imagine, the night sky is constantly moving, with the position of the stars and The Milky Way constantly changing throughout the year. So it’s important that you know where the Milky Way is going to be in the night sky when you are heading out to photograph it or taken professionally.

The perfect place for magical photoshoots

Taking photographs of celestial bodies is as magical as it sounds. Holding hands or doing romantic poses with your partner with a stunning and natural background is something that seems dreamy but is achievable. It will be a wonderful memento to show your friends and share on social media and even self -muse.

 

Pic Credits: The art of the night