Episode 64 Milky Way Photography with Rob Hoovis

Peggy Farren 2017-12-05

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Episode 64 Milky Way Photography with Rob Hoovis

About Rob Hoovis
- Old Sparky Productions: video production and photography
- video marketing tools, local TV, web, product, corporate
- Photography is his passion
- Purchased first DSLR (Canon 7D) to shoot video, got creative with stills

- Generates business
- 30 hashtags (max)- some relate to the photo, some he saw on other photographer’s sites, some are ‘tag for feature’ from photography hubs
- save most-used hashtag lists in a note, then copy and paste to save time

Getting photos onto Instagram
- Download from camera to main computer
- Edit in Lightroom
- Airdrop to phone (Mac to iPhone)
- Edit / tweak in mobile Lightroom (original doesn't always look the same on smaller screen)
- Post to Instagram

Night Sky Photography
- Friends took him out when he showed interest
- First night, failed miserably (maybe ONE decent shot) but was hooked
- Difficult, takes practice
- Wider lens is better (not fisheye - too much distortion) allows for longer exposure time
- uses Sigma 20mm f/1.4 lens on Full Frame camera (Full frame reduces noise, better quality)
- Aperture all open (wide)
- High ISO
- Sturdy tripod
- Remote trigger or use 2-10 second delay
- L-Bracket mounted for easier switch to portrait mode
- Take a variety of lenses with you (15mm, 20mm, 24-70mm f/2.8)
- A good night sky image requires lots of processing and has an interesting foreground

- Image stacking - blends together images focused at different intervals
- Noise reduction stacking - many (5) images taken in succession within 1-3 minutes
- Starry Landscape Stacker (app)
- Know the best times and locations for the best shots
- Research is important
- PhotoPills (app) for sun/moon locations, times, exposure settings, etc.
- Watch tutorials
- Clear sky, dark location, preferably during New Moon
- Star bokeh - 20mm lens, about 3 ft. from subject, looking up toward sky - turns stars into softly glowing specks
- Focus to infinity (test in daylight and tape in place)
- Always shoot in RAW mode

Editing Tips
- sky colors vary due to haze, light pollution, clouds
- white balance - play with it until you like the result
- vibrance/saturation up
- should be good balance of green/purple
- highlights down, shadows up
- play with clarity, dehazing
In the end, YOU are the person that has to like the result.

Finding Rob
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