Education Night: Night Sky Photography Techniques

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Date(s) - 05/18/2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Speaker: Zolt Levay.

Night Sky Photography Techniques

Photographs of the night sky and nighttime landscapes are now much more within reach of anyone. The availability of cameras that many people already have for general photography can also produce amazing results in low light. This program will outline some of the challenges and issues to consider that may be unique to this area of photography, somewhere between daytime landscapes and deep sky astrophotography. I will describe the sorts of subjects to consider, the equipment and field techniques for various subjects, and some of the specialized software and post-processing techniques to achieve the best results. 

Zolt Levay Bio

Zolt Levay has been pursuing photography and astronomy most of his life. As far back as high school he was observing the sky and taking photographs through a home-built telescope and processing photographs in a home darkroom. He earned university degrees in astronomy and worked with several NASA space science missions. Until his retirement he was responsible for translating science data into images that illustrate the discoveries of the Hubble Space Telescope. In the meantime he has pursued a wide range of photographic interests, exhibited in galleries and won awards in photography competitions. Current, ongoing personal photography projects include seeking out dark, clear skies to explore and photograph the relationship between landscapes, the night sky, and the cosmos. Zolt is a member of the Photographic Society of America and two local photo clubs.

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