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Old 14-06-2013, 05:29 PM
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Nice work Mike. I am enjoying these and picking up some tips.

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Did I miss a camp chair and table in the list..need something to put the laptop or tablet on , and a chair adds so much comfort.

If you have an android tablet you don't need a laptop....just saying.
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Old 17-06-2013, 04:35 PM
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Thanks for the feedback, Greg! I'm glad it's still even a little bit useful for an experienced astrophotographer.

Thanks for the suggestions, Narayan! Will add it to the next revision.
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Old 17-06-2013, 04:51 PM
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The fourth part in my blog series is now live.

Iím going to share with you How To Capture and Process Nightscape Panoramas. When you just donít have a wide enough lens to capture the vast scene in front of you, and you want to create a panorama Ė how do you do it? I'll share how to capture, how to stitch, methods and programs used and a basic primer for post-processing.

Nightscape Photography 101: How to Capture and Process Nightscape Panoramas

It's an update of an article from December 2012, before I started the series, but v1.1 with some new edits, additions and enhancements, and now embedded into the series.

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The 5th part in my Nightscape Photography 101 blog series is now live.

In this article, I talk about my Nightscape Gear and Recommendations - the photography equipment I use to capture my nightscape photos, and recommendations for those who want to upgrade.

The purpose of this post is to explain why Iíve chosen the gear I have and to perhaps inspire or educate you about what type of equipment youíll need to capture great nightscapes.

Nightscape Photography 101: My Nightscape Gear and Recommendations

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The 6th part in my Nightscape Photography 101 blog series is now live.

In this article, Iím going to share with you the secrets of What Makes a Great Nightscape Photo. Iíll discuss the elements that make up a great nightscape photo, and the factors youíll need to consider and control to transform your nightscape photos from good to great!

Nightscape Photography 101: What Makes a Great Nightscape Photo

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The next part in my Nightscape Photography 101 blog series is now live.

It talks about the 'High ISO Noise Performance of the Canon 6D'.

Is ISO12800 usable on a Canon 6D! You be the judge!

It shows the original RAW image and allows you to download the full-res jpeg and have a play, and shows you the result after two noise-reduction methods (Lightroom and Topaz De-Noise).

High ISO Noise Performance of the Canon 6D

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The next part in my Nightscape Photography 101 blog series is now live.

In this 9th article, I going to discuss my thoughts on What Makes a Great Nightscape Photographer. Out of all the photographers that inspire me, what sets these people apart? What do they do differently, or what do they have in common, that makes them great?

What Makes a Great Nightscape Photographer?

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I'm enjoying this series Mike As a beginner it is very helpful.

You've hit the nail on the head with regards to presentation for the web. I've just started taking some nightscape's and I'm finding the last step, saving to jpeg a problem.

You mention reducing the size of the image then saving the Jpeg. Is that all there is to it? Or are there any other tips which are beneficial.

I'm using Lightroom 5 to process my images.

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Thanks for the feedback, Rod!

It depends where you're going to upload it - I follow a routine such as:

- Save PSD (obviously using photoshop for processing)
- Resize to 1200px and optional sharpen for web. Save as 1200px version at 100% quality. I use this on my website or to upload to FB where size isn't important.
- Resize to 700px or 800px (longest side) and optional sharpen. Save as 'filename-800px.jpg' (for example) with 80-90% quality and use that for uploading to IIS. I adjust the quality or the size until the image is under 200kb.
- Resize to 500px or 600px, save as 'filename-600px.jpg' (for example) and use that for embedded images in my blog or where I may need a smaller size.

In Lightroom, you can do roughly the same thing.

Setup a number of export presets - one for each of the places you normally display your images (if they have different criteria).

In Lightroom, I have an 'Export Web 1200px', 'Export Web 800px', 'Export Web 600px' for example.
You can then use the settings of the export to reduce the size to 800px, and the quality to 90% (for example).

Depending on the complexity of the image, that might get it under 200kb. In some cases, I need to reduce the dimensions to 600px and save at 80% quality to get it under 200kb. Each image is different.

I hope that helps!
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Thanks Mike!

I'll give that I try.

I should have actually said what the problem is. When saving from the full RAW or Tiff I'm losing detail and brightness etc.

I do have PS CS4 but Im still learning how to use it properly. I find Lightroom a lot more straight forward.

Hope to post some images soon
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Something to distract you on election day, how about a new article in my 'Nightscape Photography 101' series!

This one is about 'Planning and Preparing for a Nightscape Weekend!' - I've been busy preparing for my own weekend away, so thought I'd capture all the steps in planning a weekend away like this - to help you when you plan your own night or weekend of nightscape shooting. I hope you enjoy.

Planning and Preparing for a Nightscape Weekend!
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Great work Mike. Nicely done. Plus you have the images to prove it!

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I just found this and am reading your articles.
Thanks very much for the great tips and sharing your stunning images.
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Thanks Greg and Ingrid.

I'm glad you're finding it useful, Ingrid. Appreciate the feedback.
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