PhotoPills is probably one of the best photography planning apps going around in my humble opinion – especially for those who are either passionate about, or from time to time dabble in, astrophotography. Previously it has only been available on Apple devices. Fortunately, the good folks at PhotoPills have just released a beta version for those of us who have made the switch to Android and have been eagerly awaiting this tool.
Mark Gee is probably New Zealand’s best known astro-photographer and has produced a number of stunning shots of the night sky above our beautiful country. A number of his images have received awards and international recognition.
On 29 April 2017, PhotoPills and Mark are combining to host a workshop in Wellington which will include advice in planning, shooting, post-processing as well as a local shoot later in the night. I think this is a pretty good opportunity to learn some new tricks and hopefully develop some new skills – you can never learn too much! I have gone ahead and booked my ticket to attend and am really looking forward to it.
The image you see with this post was planned by me using the PhotoPills app and shows the milky way rising over a near-by St Albans church in Pauatahanui at about 4:00am early in our Milky Way season. I used my Canon 6D and 17-40mm f/4L series lens to capture the image with the following settings:
- 20 second exposure
- ISO 6400