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Approaching the Scene 164: Tips for Milky Way & Nikon Z Autofocus on The Oregon’s Coast

(LINKS BELOW) I’m just back from an epic workshop on Oregon’s wild and scenic south coast. We shot a lot of action and Milky Way scenes. In this video I’ll take you behind the scenes, talk through some images and share some tips and tricks.

00:00 Intro to ATS 164
01:53 Join our free Sept.14th Office Hours live photography online meeting
04:10 Milky Way: Tips to autofocus planets handheld!!!
06:56 Nikon Z Action AF tips (AAF works great)
09:24 The new Nikon 105 2.8 S Macro & Nisi Sunstar 15mm lenses rock
11:12 Behind the scenes & tips from last week’s epic coast workshop

Nikon 105 2.8 S macro:
Nisi Sunstar 15mm:
Move Shoot Move ultralight star tracker:
TFS Leofoto tripod spikes:
Nikon Z AF action tracking how to video:

Frequently updated links to all the gear I use:
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I invite all of you to join Rick, Woody, David, Darren and me for our free live Office Hours Tuesday September 14th at 10AM Pacific. We’re going to talk about night sky and Milky Way photography. Be sure to submit a question when you sign up.

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Thanks to everyone for the great questions you are sending in. Keep them coming either in the comments below or by emailing me directly. I hope to see you in the next Office Hours Session.

Stay safe and healthy.

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  1. For focusing on stars, do you find the low light focus is dead on or do you use manual focus. With my D500 I have always turned off autofocus and manually focused via live view. I've heard with the Z6 & Z7 that everytime the camera is turned on, it will automatically refocus the lens to infiniti. I'm not sure I like that for astrophotography once I get focused the way I want.

  2. Hudson, As a participant in this workshop it’s was overwhelming great to have Rick and you as leaders and to enjoy the experience with so many other wonderful individuals. Thanks for the image in your video, can’t wait for the next workshop.

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