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Before and After of Astrophotography Composite Images

Before and After of Astrophotography Composite Images

Have you ever wondered how some photographs are made? For instance, astrophotography images are more often than not composite images - that is, multiple images of different exposures/scenes merged to make one single image. This is often necessary when shooting the night sky since the proper exposure for the sky (generally 10 to 30 seconds long) will typically leave the foreground completely black, especially if the moon is not out.

Making of My Sedona Milky Way Reflections Photo

Making of My Sedona Milky Way Reflections Photo

Above is a shot I made on February 14th, 2016, in Sedona, Arizona. This image was taken at 5:45 AM, just prior to sunrise. Something I tried for the first time with this photo is taking 10 consecutive shots of the sky at a higher ISO (5000) and shorter shutter speed (15s), and then stacking the photos, which gives you awesome pinpoint stars with minimal noise.Here’s a walkthrough of how I made the shot.