Astrophotography – New Book

Astrophotography

Astrophotography is a new book from astrophotographer Thierry Legault.

In the book, “world-renowned astrophotographer Thierry Legault teaches the art and techniques of astrophotography: from simple camera-on-tripod night-scene imaging of constellations, star trails, eclipses, artificial satellites, and polar auroras to more intensive astrophotography using specialized equipment for lunar, planetary, solar, and deep-sky imaging. Legault shares advice on equipment and guides you through techniques to capture and process your images to achieve spectacular results.

This book provides the most thorough treatment of the topic available. This large-format, richly illustrated book is intended for all sky enthusiasts—newcomers and veterans alike.”

Astrophotography retails for $39.95; however, it is currently available for $24.84 on Amazon.com.

It is also available for $17.99 as a Kindle book.


Hard Drive and Memory Card Deals

Western Digital Portable Hard Drive

B&H has several deals on external hard drives and memory cards. Most of these are in limited quantities, so they may be gone soon. Check them out below.

Western Digital 1.5TB My Passport Ultra portable USB 3.0 drive for $69 (reg. $89)

Western Digital 4TB My Book desktop USB 3.0 drive for $149 (reg. $169)

HGST 1TB Touro Mobile MX3 portable USB 3.0 drive for $54.99 (reg. $79.99)

Sony 32GB SDHC card for $13.99 (reg. $17.99)

Watch This Stunning Timelapse of Scenes in Paris

Paul Richardson spent three weeks in Paris recently and tried to capture the city’s classic sights as well as the modern business side. While he captured some fantastic scenes, his editing really made this timelapse stand out.

He spent three weeks shooting, followed by 5 weeks of editing the images and footage for a grand total of about 400 hours on this project. That is 2.5 hours for every second of this video, which was entirely self-funded and shot purely out of his love for timelapse.

He shot the video using a Canon 6D, EF 17-40mm f/4 lens, 50mm f/1.8 lens and 70-200mm f/4 L lens. He used a homemade dolly coupled to an eMotimo TB3 for the motion control sequences.

I’m pretty sure that I said “holy crap” out loud at the 1:10-1:20 mark on my first time through. Solid work Paul.

You can find Paul here on his Facebook page.

Manfrotto Introduces New Pro Light Photo and Video Bag Collection

Manfrotto Camera Bags NAB 2014-11

Manfrotto showed off its new Pro Light line of photo and video bags at NAB 2014. Now, the new bags are finally becoming available in the US.

The new bags include holsters, photo backpacks, video backpacks, rolling organizers, video cases, and accessories such as element covers and camera straps. [Read more...]

Atomos Samurai Blade Drops to $995

Atomos Samurai Blade

Atomos has dropped the price on the Samurai Blade down to $995. That’s a $300 price drop from the old $1295 price point.

The Samurai Blade is a 5″ SDI monitor and recorder. It features a 720p IPS display with capacitive touch screen controls. It offers ProRes and DNxHD encoding and playback; and also features waveform, false color and focus peaking.

An included docking station for 2.5″ HDDs and SSDs connects to your computer via USB 3.0 or 2.0 ports. Check it out here at B&H Photo.