Take DOPE photos of STARS! – ASTRO PHOTOGRAPHY


– What is going on, everybody? My name is Chris Hau, and I’m coming to you
from Sedona, Arizona. You wouldn’t know that I’m
coming from Sedona, Arizona, because it’s dark outside,
because it’s 9 p.m, but that’s for good
reason, because you clicked on this video to learn how
to take dope photos of stars, so we’re talking about astrophotography. We’re talking camera
settings, we’re talking gear, so you can get some dope
pics of the galaxies. So let’s jump into this
week’s tutorial, woo! (calm, upbeat music) Okay, so in full transparency,
I don’t really know a ton about astrophotography,
or shooting stars. I learned a lot on this trip
that we’re on right now, but I do know somebody that knows a ton, and his name is Stan Moniz. Stan, introduce yourself. – What’s up, guys, Stan
Moniz, astrophotographer. I’ve been shooting the stars
for probably eight years now. – [Chris] So you know your stuff. – Yeah, a little bit, yeah. (laughs) – [Chris] He knows a thing or two, okay. – Just a little bit. – [Chris] Yeah, just a little bit, okay, let’s jump into some gear right now. – Got it, got it. Gear, basic gear, tripod, head lamp, you need this to be safe out there, and camera bodies, you
can use any camera body, or pretty much any wide-angle lens. I prefer, this is just my opinion, I use an A7S, and today I am
using the G Master 24/1.4. But you can use any wide-angle lens that’s fast, anything available. – Okay, guys, so if you wanna get dope photos like this (snaps), or this (snaps), or this (snaps), you’re gonna follow Stan’s rules, ’cause he actually taught me all this a couple nights ago, and
the photos that you just saw were a combination of mine and Stan’s. He knows his stuff, so listen up. It’s a little complicated,
so try to follow along. We’ll try to break it
down in its simplest form, so you guys can walk
away with some great tips and camera settings, but let’s jump into like the fundamentals right now. Stan, explain the 500
Rule to us right now. – Alright, easy. If anything, this is the one thing you guys are gonna take away. It’s called the 500 Rule. So basically, all you do is, you take your calculator, your
iPhone, or your Android, and you divide 500 by your focal lens, so let’s just use the 24, right. So we’re gonna divide 500 by 24, which gives a number of
20.833333333333. (laughs) Well, there is no 20.833 on
your shutter dial, right, so you’re gonna always round down, so that’s gonna give you a max
exposure time of 20 seconds. Alright, guys, we’re just gonna
go over some basic settings, very easy, it’s not rocket science. Once you figure out the basic settings, you guys are gonna be
professionals in no time. So everything needs to be set in manual. We switch to manual, you’re gonna be in also manual focus. You don’t wanna be in
single, continuous focus because it’s gonna hunt
for the stars, you know? So you’re gonna find the
brightest star in the sky. That’s gonna help you a ton,
and you focus on that star. Take a few shots, with the 500 Rule. See if it’s sharp, and if it’s sharp, a really cool tip is
just take painter’s tape, and you lock it down right on your lens. That way you don’t have to worry
about it through the night. ISO, I like to start at
800, between 800 and 6400. White balance, I love incandescent. If you’re shooting raw,
like I said earlier, you can always change the white
balance, it’s totally cool. Always make sure you have
your two-second delay on, because a lot of people
will have a single shot. This is just the newbie kind of mistake that you make, because you’re so excited to capture the sky, right, night sky. Relax, you know, you’re in nature, so just take your time and
kinda go through your settings. So what happens is, with
the two-second delay, it avoids camera shake, because
if you hit this, you know, without a two-second delay,
you might have some shake. What’s gonna happen? You’re not gonna get pinpoint in stars, you’re gonna get blurry stars,
and that’s the way it goes. So basically, always manual, manual focus. Start your ISO between 800 to 6400. I prefer white balance of incandescent. I like the more cool look. Find certain stars like Orion that are really bright in the sky. That’ll help you to
adjust for precise focus. So let’s check this out, we’re
gonna take our first photo. (calm, upbeat music) – Okay, I’m gonna quick
insert on that tutorial, ’cause Stan is just killin’ it right now, but always make sure you
guys are shooting raw. It gives you the most latitude and flexibility in post-production, and especially when you’re
changing temperature and tint, you can really get a specific sky color that you really like. That’s what I like to do in
Lightroom is start moving things around to really
get the stars to pop, and the sky to look
good, so yes, shoot raw. Alright, I think it’s
been about 20 seconds. Let’s check out this image right now. – That is looking dope! So what I’m gonna do next is import the image into Lightroom. Few things I like to do, dehaze, clarity, there you go,
easy money, amazing photo. – Stan!
– What’s up? – [Chris] Dude, thanks so
much for teaching everybody. – Yeah, and I also have
a little gift for you. – You have a little gift for us? Actually, I know what it is. We were talking about it earlier. Stan is giving us a cheat
sheet on astrophotography. He gave me one earlier,
it was a little print-out, but I’ve made the pdf
available on my Sellfy store, so if you guys wanna
go to the links below, download it, print it out,
bring it with you, and also, go head over to Stan’s
channel, give him a sub, follow him along, he has a
whole bunch of other tutorials. He’s just a genuinely dope guy. We got along like right away. We met three days ago, here in Sedona. We’ve just been hangin’ out and chilling. He’s a dope dude, so I highly recommend, go show him some love,
and on that note, guys, if you liked this video,
please press Like. It actually makes a difference. Subscribe, would love
for you to join along, and Stan, do you wanna
sign off this video? – ‘Til next time. Shit.
(both laughing) – I always mess up. – No, I love it, man. Peace out, everybody,
thanks so much for watching. Here’s a little astro montage from Stan. He’s so dope, peace, guys. (laughs) (calm, upbeat music)

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