How do you take jaw-dropping astrophotography? We talk to Michael Goh and you’ll discover: how Michael went from working with a corporate sponsor to full time commercial photographer shooting business events and astrophotography for documentaries, WA Museum, WA tourism, WA opera and heaps more, getting his break as a commercial business event photographer, promoting his work via Linkedin, how he shoots his time lapse photography and timelapse tips for beginners, the rule of 500, why Michael prefers to experiment rather than rely on certain rules of Astro photography, what is the Bortle Scale, scouting locations, the importance of foreground elements, a beginners guide to shooting astrophotography and much more!
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PHOTO 353 How to shoot amazing Astro Photography with guest Michael Goh
Michael Goh is a full time photographer who is mainly known as an astrophotographer, he also engages in commercial, event, portrait, 360 photosphere, video, aerial, timelapse and landscape photography. He has spent most of his working life in commercial finance before deciding that he can have a greater positive impact as a photographer. Michael’s objective with astrophotography is to help promote interest in STEM, tourism to the regions, promotes mental health, interest in cultural history and boosting creativity.
His awards include winner of Astrofest (WA’s peak Astronomy and astrophotography competition) and the international Photonightscape Awards. His photos have appeared twice in Astronomy Picture of the Day (operated by people at NASA). His works also are seen in documentaries, Western Australian Museum, Australian Geographic, Universal (Book by the renowned physicist Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw), Tourism Australia, The WA Opera, The Australian (newspaper) Heart of the Nation, science books and numerous other publications. He also occasionally runs workshops and raises funds for mental health.
He is a brand ambassador for Skywatcher (telescope/astronomy equipment) and Topaz (photo editing software company).
Michael is currently engaged with various astrophotography projects and is working on measuring and mapping light pollution to monitor it’s year to year changes.
We chat about:
- How Michael went from working with a corporate sponsor to full time commercial photographer shooting business events and astro photography for documentaries, WA Museum, WA tourism, WA opera and heaps more
- He currently has over 100 jobs on the go!
- Getting his break as a commercial business event photographer
- Promoting his work via Linkedin
- How he shoots his time lapse photography and timelapse tips for beginners
- The rule of 500
- Why Michael prefers to experiment rather than rely on certain rules of Astro photography
- What is the Bortle Scale
- Scouting locations
- The importance of foreground elements
- A beginners guide to shooting astro photography
- And heaps more!