The best lenses for photographing the Milky Way are fast wide-angles. By “fast” I mean a lens with an f-stop of f2.8 or lower. You can get away with an f4 lens, but an f2.8 lens is better. Every full stop down collects twice as much light as the previous stop. So an f2.8 lens will collect twice as much light as an f4 lens. This means you can use a lower iso, which means less noise. It also mean you can opt for a shorter shutter speed, which means less streaking of the stars.
Nobska Lighthouse, Woods Hole
Nobska is one of the Cape’s most popular and photographed lighthouses. it sits high on a hill overlooking Vineyard Sound with views out to Martha’s Vineyard. It offers decent photo potential most of the day with the best light late in the day toward sunset.
Spring flowers and buds are great subjects for close-up or macro photography. Extension tubes, close-up filters and macro lenses will help you get closer to the subject, but you don’t really need special gear. Most lenses today will let you focus on a subject within a few feet of the lens. Cameras today have very high resolution, so you can then crop the image for a closer view. [Continue Reading…]
Focus Stacking with Photoshop and Elements
Focus stacking lets you extend the depth of field by combining multiple images, each each of the same scene, but with a different focus point. Photoshop and Elements each have their own way of combining the multiple images into a single photograph. [Continue Reading…]