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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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