As the name suggests, astrophotography is all about taking photos of the sky, and any astronomical object like the moon, planets, asteroids, star clusters, etc. It’s a trend that dates back to the 1840s when the art of photography emerged itself. Most of the astrophotographs that we see are colorful, which is a result of the variety of filters used, according to the wavelength of the lights coming from the celestial objects.Astrophotography can be broadly divided into two categories according to the interest. The first one is long exposure photography that shoots objects that are very far. Another type is, of course, short exposure photography or wide-field photography that doesn’t require attaching your camera with a telescope and is meant to capture the beautiful night sky only. This latter one is ideal for amateur astrophotography. Long exposure photography can be classified into 3 types according to the subject, astrophotography;:- Deep space photography, which requires the most expertise, captures the area beyond our solar system. As the name suggests, solar system photography includes all the objects of our solar system to be shot. And the third one is milky way photography that is generally taken from deserted places where the light pollution is low because our galaxy is not visible otherwise.
Astro imaging requires deep studying on astronomy also, apart from very good photography skills.Professional astrophotography involves complex equipment to work during adverse weather, maintaining camera stability for long exposures keeping with the earth’s rotation hazy sky due to light pollution, etc. But if you want to do it just as a hobby, you can proceed with just your DSLR and tripod as well. There are several challenges that even the most experienced astrophotographers face too. It requires creativity, knowledge, and experimenting with camera settings like shutter speed and aperture width to overcome these obstacles.
Why Should You Pursue Astrophotography
Astrophotography is undoubtedly one of the most difficult photography fields. But it’s equally rewarding too. It’s a very prestigious photography discipline.As this niche is comparatively new in India, you will have less competition in the job market. You can publish your work in international magazines and make your market. These photos are sold at a high price and become objects of research in space observatories.
Even if your expertise is in some other field, you can learn a lot as an amateur astrophotographer that will help you do better in your discipline. You will learn how to click photos with a long exposure at night. This practice will teach you to manage lighting, wait for the perfect shot patiently and improve your ability to focus. Capturing the night sky is a very soothing and fulfilling experience. You gather knowledge about the infinite universe as well. There are many astrophotographers around you, both professional and amateurs, and you will find them as soon as you start your journey. You join the astrophotography communities of your city and participate in group activities. Because there’s nothing wrong in mixing work with fun, right? Astrophotography can provide you immense joy as well as teach you some valuable photography and life skills.
Written by Sanga Basu, Content Writer, WPC