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Ian Norman
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Brandasund Stars The Northern Milky Way from Brandasund, Bømlo, Norway. Full-Size: http://500px.com/photo/66981707
Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8 on the Fujifilm X-T1.
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Not sure what exposure settings to use for Milky Way Photos? Here's the answer specific to your equipment. 
 
Milky Way Exposure Calculator - Use this simple calculator to determine the best exposure to start with for photographing the Milky Way. There are a few things that guide most astrophotographers when deciding which exposure settings to use for photographing the Milky Way. Astrophotography has Continue reading http://ow.ly/2FjVr2
Use this simple calculator to determine the best exposure to start with for photographing the Milky Way. There are a few things that guide most astrophotographers when deciding which exposure setti...
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ISO Unlocker for the Fujifilm X-T1 www.isounlocker.com
I just launched a campaign to try and fund a simple accessory for X-T1 owners. 

I've had my X-T1 for a while and I couldn't be more excited about a camera right now. Fuji's attention to detail and all the improvements they have made to the X-Series is nothing short of spectacular. 
 
But one of the quirks that I have encountered with the X-T1 is the ISO dial lock. I know that traditionally, ISO wasn't something that we could change on the fly with film cameras without having to change the film, but I find that I like to change ISO a lot more often when shooting digital. I find that the fact that the lock button locks on every ISO position to be a bit annoying, especially shooting in the cold with gloves on. I would rather just be able to flick the edge of the dial with my left thumb while still looking through the viewfinder, rather than having to depress the dial lock while rotating. I can understand this behavior on the shutter speed dial where it only locks on the "A" automatic shutter mode but rotates freely between the manual settings but I'm not sure why they didn't do the same for the ISO dial. 
 
As a mechanical engineer, I designed a fix that I think you guys might like. It's a machined aluminum cap with laser etching to match the original look of the ISO dial. You just adhere it on to the top of the dial and it holds the dial lock down permanently. Once installed, you'll probably forget it's even there. I wanted to make sure that it didn't change the look of the camera that we all love so much so I don't plan on having any branding or logos that will change the look of the dial, just a simple, well finished cap that enhances the ergonomics of the camera. 
 
I originally started this concept by trying a piece of gaffers tape over the dial but this has a couple problems. Eventually the pressure from the lock button pushes the tape up and renders the hack ineffective, plus, the tape blocks the numbers on the dial so you can't reference the dial for your current setting and need to instead look at the LCD. Since the tape didn't work too great, I knew I needed something rigid but I also wanted to be able to tell what my settings were and thus the "ISO Unlocker" was born. 

I want your guys' support to make it a possibility. I'm starting a pledge campaign to try to get enough people on board for the first 250 orders. If you guys can help me get 250 pledges for the ISO unlocker, I'll be able to send them out for only $20 a piece, shipped. 
 
Keep in mind that this is just a pledge campaign so it won't cost you anything upfront and you'll be able to cancel your pledge at anytime. If we don't meet our goal, you won't be charged. I'm very serious about making this a real product. I've already got prototypes being made and quotes from several local machine shops and coating shops. The only thing I need now is enough support to fund the setup of the first batch. 
 
I'd really like to make this product a reality and the only way I can do it is with your support. If you want to help, please visit the Celery campaign page at:
 
isounlocker.com
 
Let me know your thoughts!
 
Cheers, 
 
Ian Norman


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+Amy DangRabbit I wont argue there. That woukd have been nice and keeps everyone happy.
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Galactic Dreams The Milky Way galactic center from Geology Tour Road in Joshua Tree National Park. I had to get up at 3:30 am to drive into the park in order to make this photograph. It's a panorama made from three 10 second exposures with a 50mm lens set to f/2.0. Venus is visible alongside the galactic center. This time of year is particularly difficult to photograph the galactic center because it's only visible very early in the morning a couple hours before the sun rises.

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thanks +Gabriel Viisoreanu! I'm glad that you are learning!
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There are a number of lens traits that will determine the quality and usability of a camera lens for #astrophotography . Our friends at +PetaPixel help choose a "Great Lens for Milky Way Photography" http://bhpho.to/1b9Ilwh
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Stord Bridge at Night from Føyno Island, Norway. This particular photo uses an Expose to the Right (ETTR) method of exposure to capture both the brightly lit bridge and the faint outer band of stars of the Milky Way in the same image. I explain this method of exposure in my post here: http://www.lonelyspeck.com/the-milky-way-in-los-angeles-light-pollution/

Milky Way Photography Tutorial: http://www.lonelyspeck.com/how-to-make-an-amazing-photo-of-the-milky-way-galaxy/
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Here's what's in my camera bag. 
 
I get more questions about gear than anything else. Mostly it’s about lenses and which lens will make the best astrophotos. A lot of choosing a lens depends on which camera system you may already own so that’s why I published my How to Pick a Lens for…
I get more questions about gear than anything else. Mostly it's about lenses and which lens will make the best astrophotos. A lot of choosing a lens depends on which camera system you may already o...
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Some first day unboxing shots of the new Fujifilm X-T1. Full review is in the works! http://www.lonelyspeck.com/fujifilm-x-t1-review/
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congrat! It is a great camera.
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Milky Way Rising over Joshua Tree National Park This week is the first good chance to photograph the Milky Way galactic center this year. The new moon keeps the skies dark throughout the night where we can see the outer Milky Way and the bright stars of the constellation Orion in the early part of the night. Early risers can catch the constellations Scorpius, Sagittarius and the galactic center rising to the southeast in the pre-dawn hours from about 4am until sunrise. This image was taken from Geology Road one day before the lonelyspeck.com Astrophotography Workshop in Joshua Tree National Park.

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Cool picture!!
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How to Pick a Lens for Milky Way Photography was just featured on +PetaPixel.
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Glad to help +Andrea Boyle. Love +Sean Bagshaw's work!
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    Professional Photographer, 2013 - present
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I'm Ian Norman: Photographer, Engineer and Entrepreneur. I previously worked as a design engineer at SpaceX to develop structural hardware and electro-mechanical systems on Dragon, the first commercial spacecraft to travel to the International Space Station. One dream fulfilled, I quit my day job to start my own dream projects. Follow me on Google+ to see the world through my eyes. Create with me.
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