The Photographer's Ephemeris - Align landmarks with the sun and moon for dynamic photographs

Stuart Nafey, Photographer

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18 Lessons (1h 4m)
    • 1. TPE Intro

    • 2. The Project

    • 3. Quick Start Guide

    • 4. The Map View

    • 5. Top navigation

    • 6. The Calendar

    • 7. Top Right Buttons

    • 8. The Red Pin

    • 9. The Gray Pin

    • 10. The Timeline

    • 11. The Right Side

    • 12. Sunset prediction

    • 13. Shooting the Sunset

    • 14. Sunset Edit

    • 15. Moonrise prediction

    • 16. Shooting the Moonrise

    • 17. Moonrise Edit

    • 18. Final Thoughts


Project Description

Shoot an awesome sunset


Link to The Photographer's Ephemeris

For your project, the deliverable is simple.

  • Choose a landmark and a sun or moon alignment

I find sunsets the easiest. The landmark can be any natural or manmade structure convenient to you. You need not travel to Paris to photograph the Eifel tower, unless you already live in Paris. Then that would be awesome.

  • Use the program to predict that alignment

The idea here is for you to practice using the program so that it is easy to use quickly when you need it. You may find that you can make mistakes in your predictions and be in the wrong place at the wrong time. I have, and those mistakes always help me understand the program better.

  • Go to the site you chose to take the photograph

Get in your car and go. Remember all the equipment you might need, like a tripod and a remote shutter release. Be there early. The sun waits for no one and when it gets in position, you won’t believe how fast it will move.

  • Take the picture

Use all your learned photography skills when shooting into the sun or in low light during a moon rise. Neutral density filters can help for sunsets. Knowing how slow a shutter speed you can use during a moon rise is also important.

  • Post it here as a project

While I do get extra credit when you create projects, the best reason to post a project is for you to test yourself and to get the practice you need to master the program.

Relating your experience also helps others. The following items are optional.

  • Tell us something about the landmark you chose

Is it near your home? Does it stand out in your town? Will people recognize it?

  • Describe the camera equipment and settings you used

This is always helpful to others using the same type and model of camera. We appreciate knowing the camera settings you used, even if you just used the automatic setting on a dslr or took the picture with you iPhone.

  • Let us in on any editing you did in post

I, personally am always interested in post editing and consider it a large part of the photographic process. What editing program do you use? How much did you crop? Maybe you posted the image right out of camera. That’s worthy. I’d like to know.

  • Regale us with any adventures that occurred accessing the location from which you took the picture

Sometimes, the access you want is difficult or even restricted. I hope you were careful. Do you have an adventure to relate? Tell us your tale.

  • Comment on other’s projects!

All photographers appreciate feedback, especially from people that do not know them personally. And ask questions. We all love the opportunity to teach and like the attention.

Now, get your camera out of the closet, find a nice sunset alignment and create a project. Just do it!

Link to The Photographer's Ephemeris

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