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How to: 8 Tips for Photographing Comets

How to take stunning pictures of comets – from beginner to pro.

There are few things as fascinating and awe-inspiring as the sight of a comet in the sky. But what is the best way to capture this special moment? In this article, we will share 8 important tips for photographing comets with you. These tips are suitable for both beginners and experienced photographers and will help you capture stunning shots of comets.

Comets are a rare and fascinating phenomenon that always attract avid nature watchers and photographers. However, there are some challenges to consider when photographing comets:

  1. Choose the right time: The best time to photograph a comet is usually just before sunrise or just after sunset, when the sky is still dark and the comet is most visible.
  2. Tripod is key: A comet moves relatively fast in the sky, so it is essential to use a tripod to keep your camera stable and avoid camera shake.
  3. Use a long exposure time: To get a clear and sharp image of the comet and its tail, you should use a long exposure time. Try exposure times between 10 and 20 seconds.
  4. Apply a high ISO sensitivity: To enable a long exposure time, consider using a high ISO sensitivity. Try ISO sensitivities between 800 and 1600.
  5. Take advantage of a large aperture: A large aperture, such as f/2.8 or f/4, will help to block out the sky behind the comet and make it stand out more clearly.
  6. Use a wide-angle lens: A wide-angle lens helps to capture the sky and the comet in a single image. We recommend a focal length between 14 and 24 mm.
  7. Opt for a remote control or self-timer: To avoid camera shake, use either a remote control or a self-timer to trigger your camera.
  8. Experiment with different settings: Comets are unpredictable and difficult to capture.

They are fascinating and rare phenomena in space that are high on the list for many photographers. We wish you good luck and patience and look forward to seeing your stunning shots of these cosmic visitors!

Picture © Mark Janes

Thousands of Photos from Across Europe

For the third consecutive year, from August to December 2022, Fujifilm has invited the whole of Europe to share new photographs, taken with a smartphone or digital camera, for the online exhibition Printlife@home 2022 – Print Your Photos. Share your life. 16,000 photos from 16 countries were collected, capturing a special memory and sharing a unique story.

Printlife@home celebrates not only the loveliness of printed photography, but also the sharing of photographs with friends and loved ones that has become a regular part of our lives. 
The photos have the power not only to preserve memories of events but also to add color to our everyday lives, to enrich our lives and occasionally to move people. Moreover, photography has the power to inspire many people and could lead to a change for the better.

More than 1,100 photos entered into printlife@home and have been showcased in the biggest European on site photography exhibitions: in September at The Photography Show in the UK and in October at the Salon de la Photo in Paris and at PHOTOPIA in Hamburg. Hence, continuing Fujifilm’s 16-years history of hosting public photo exhibitions.
These on-site photography exhibitions were attended by more than 55k visitors, who had the opportunity to see and experience printlife@home’s extensive photo gallery of unique shots and stories from all over Europe.

THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the Printlife@home2022 online exhibition. We hope to see you participate again next time!

Here you can find some photos of our weekly winners which have been chosen by our Fujifilm jury:

See all the amazing images here: Printlife Exhibition

Do you recognize this image?

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We are sure that almost everyone is familiar with this. Exactly! This image depicts the famous default wallpaper hill of Microsoft’s Windows XP™ operating system.

A ‘digital window’ overlooking a green hill and blue sky in the Los Carneros American Viticultural Area of the California Wine Country. This photo, named Bliss, consistently makes a Windows XP™ PC recognisable.

However, if you think Microsoft© created it in one of its design studios, you are wrong. The Bliss is a completely original photo with slight editing.

Charles O’Rear, former National Geographic photographer, took the photo in January 1996 and Microsoft© bought the rights to it in 2000. O’Rear used a 1980 Mamiya RZ67 SLR camera and Fujifilm Velvia film to take the image, a film often used among nature photographers and known to saturate some colours.

Experience FUJIFILM live at the PHOTOPIA 2022 in Hamburg

October 16th marked the end of the second PHOTOPIA trade show in Hamburg and with it four exciting days where photography enthusiasts and customers could experience FUJIFILM’s products in a unique environment. More than 10,000 visitors were inspired by the setting, built from 350 shipping containers, took part in workshops or learned the art of photography from professionals like our X-Photographers.

The design of the large FUJIFILM booth in particular attracted many visitors, as much awaited them on, in and around the custom-designed shipping containers: in front of a custom-made tape art wall, INSTAX fans could capture the unique photo festival experience with our instant cameras and try out the INSTAX cameras and printers for themselves. A camera rental and cleaning service was also offered to visitors. On a stage directly integrated into the booth, basketball players, break dancers or skateboarders performed regularly, a perfect motif to try out the unique X-cameras for yourself.

The print results from the FUJIFILM onsite printers could also be admired hot off the press, as well as the Printlife exhibition in a container. Take a look at the video to get even more impressions of Photopia 2022!

All in all, it was a highly successful exhibition with many interesting encounters, informative exchanges and, most importantly, a lot of fun. We would like to thank everyone who made this great trade show possible and made it a special experience.