Art and Design

Astrophotography Landscapes

Bookmarked 4 Easy Steps to Capture Beautiful Astrophotography Landscapes by Mikko Lagerstedt (

Do you want to capture the night sky with a beautiful and interesting landscape? In this tutorial, I’ll teach you my process in astrophotography, from gear to capturing the photographs.
Whether you are new to astrophotography or an experienced nighttime shooter, I think you can learn a few tricks fr…

I’ve admired Mikko Lagerstedt’s work for years (and am still kicking myself for not buying a print when they were affordable), and read his astrophotography mini book a whole back, but also thought this article boiled down some specific tips quickly:

“From March to September in the Northern Hemisphere … you will get the most impressive view of the Milky Way.” “Use tools like PhotoPills or TPE for location scouting and to figure out where the Milky Way is in the night sky. In the Northern Hemisphere, look towards the southern skies to see the galactic core. The core will start to be visible due southeast (Spring), due south (Summer), or southwest (Fall).”

“Use the rule of 500 for your camera settings. Your shutter speed equals 500 ÷ equivalent focal length so, if your full-frame equivalent focal length is 20mm, the rule of 500 means that you use a shutter speed of 500 ÷ 20 = 25 seconds.”

“expose the photograph to the right side of the histogram, which helps you achieve more information in the shadows and less grain.”

Probably need to reread that book before I try night photography again 🤔 I feel a little stymied on night photography by our deep forested landscapes, so you really need to scout a location in advance that will have a view of the sky.

Art and Design

Abstract Aerial Landscapes

Liked Andre Ermolaev by Andre Ermolaev (500px)

Aerial photography

Art and Design Outdoors

Beyond the Iconic

Watched Landscape Outdoor Photography | Going Beyond the Iconic Shots by Scott Kranz from

Many of our natural destinations, whether reached by road or trail, culminate in iconic vantage points where a classic photograph lays itself out for you. A common pitfall for outdoor photographers is to capture the iconic scene and call it a day. In this video, I talk about going beyond the iconic shot and instead working a scene so as to find unique compositions that are truly your own.

Interesting to see how he approaches a shoot and what he’s thinking as he selects compositions. I like his style of talking to the camera.

Art and Design Outdoors

Three Shots of the Same Mountain

Watched Winter Landscape Photography & Aerials by Scott Kranz from

After record snowfall in the Cascade Range, I step into the backcountry for a ski tour to capture some winter landscape images and drone aerials of the surrounding mountains and forest.


Three shots taken at the same spot on the same trip with dramatically different lighting. Really cool to see all three side by side to recognize how much the light changed over a short time and what a difference it makes in the feel of the shot.