Swipe ⬅️⬅️⬅️. Something I thought about doing for a while, so here’s a quick peek in to my astrophotography process.
I don’t use a top of the line camera, it’s a Sony A6000, which I bought April, 2015, paired with some prime lenses — Rokinon 12mm f/2 and 21mm f/1.4
is a test shot. I use a Sharpstar 2 to ensure the stars are focused and the filter I use does this by creating a set of three fine spike lines around a bright star. Adjusting focus so the central diffraction spike sits evenly between the other two diffraction spikes ensures perfect focus.
There are other methods to focus on stars (using live view and zooming in before focusing) but I find this method to be the quickest and simplest.
Once I’m happy with my focus, then it’s time to find a Milky Way composition I’m happy with; this image is straight from the camera with no edits applied.
After importing in to Lightroom, the first thing I do is apply lens corrections and remove chromatic aberration. I then tweak the white balance and adjust contrast, highlights and shadows. Sometimes I may add a little clarity and play around with the tone curves, basically edit to taste. I prefer my MW shots to not be overly processed and appear more how I saw it on the night.
I do appreciate each artists’ unique process, I’m not a fan of overly processed astro shots, where the colours, purples and blues especially, really pop.
The last thing I do is a add a little sharpening et voila, all that’s left is to post to IG!