Meet our team
We’ve partnered with some incredibly passionate and talented astrophotographers from around the world to create the best online resource for tips, tutorials, and knowledge focused on photographing the wonders of the night sky. From wide field nightscapes, moon and planetary imaging, to deep-sky objects, we are working at every discipline to cover all the bases.
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Cory Schmitztwitter instagram googleplus facebook flickr
Co-founder of PhotographingSpace.com, co-owner of several telescopes and mounts, too many cameras, and not enough hard drives, Cory is an American expat living in South Africa with his wife, Tanja Schmitz. He’s a speaker on the subject of astronomy and the cosmos and our place in it, and has given how-to and experiential talks on astronomy and astrophotography for large keynote speaking engagements as well as small groups and outreach events.
An avid astrophotographer for Milky Way, timelapse, deep-space imaging, lunar, planetary, and star trail imagery, he is an all-around jack-of-most-trades for night-sky photography.
Cory is also an internationally published and commissioned astrophotographer, where his photos have been used in multiple online and print publications, including a NASA APOD selection.
Tanja Schmitztwitter instagram googleplus facebook flickr
Tanja is the co-founder of PhotographingSpace.com with her husband, Cory. She is also the co-owner of several telescopes and Celestron mounts, too many cameras, and not enough hard drive space.
An internationally commissioned and published astrophotographer, her work has been used in multiple online and print publications. Tanja was also shortlisted for the Astronomy Photographer of the Year award.
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Dylan O’Donnelltwitter instagram googleplus facebook flickr
Dylan O’Donnell is an Australian web developer, Director of DNA Digital and zen10 Australia and public science communicator. He has a Masters of Information Technology and his astrophotography been featured by NASA and ESA among others. He is also a member of Team Celestron where he also contributes. To date, two of his images have been selected for NASA Astronomy Photo of the Day (APOD).
Alex Conutwitter instagram facebook
Winner of the 2016 International Earth & Sky Photo Contest, Alex Conu is a photographer based in Lofoten Islands, Norway, originally from Romania. Besides a degree in photography, Alex also holds a major in astrophysics, thus having a deeper understanding of the astronomical phenomena he photographs. He is a member of TWAN – The World at Night, a bridge between art, humanity, and science.
Prior to his inclusion on the PhotographingSpace.com team, Alex was the overall winner of the 2016 PhotographingSpace.com Image of the Year. His astrophotos have been published internationally online and in print. Alex is the Chair of the Photographic Commission of The Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy (SARM) and a member in the jury of the National Astrophotography Contest ASTROFOTO organized by SARM. He also collaborates with various astronomical institutions and associations in the world. Throughout the years, Alex was involved in countless astronomy public outreach events. He is also interested in visual astronomy and is an active observer in fields like comets, meteors, deep sky objects, eclipses, variable stars or grazing occultations. In his everyday life, Alex is a freelance photographer.
Shaun Reynoldstwitter facebook flickr
Shaun lives in the beautiful South Norfolk, England, town of Bungay. A passionate astro imager and general photographer with many subjects including landscapes, sunset and sunrise and all types of photography. As an experienced astrophotographer, he built a home observatory in his back garden where the site is relatively dark, so it is ideal for deep sky imaging.
Shaun’s recent achievements include the honour of being shortlisted for the Astronomy Photographer of the Year.
Michael Gohtwitter instagram googleplus facebook flickr
According to Michael Goh, there are no photography secrets – if it’s reasonably within his capacity to help others, he will. He believes that blogging with his techniques and experiments is one of the better ways of effectively doing so.
Michael is a recipient of many awards, including photonightscape awards nightscape category winner, astrofest best astrophoto, honourable mention for wide-field astrophoto CWAS David Malin Awards, Ice-In-Space calendar Nightscape-Widefield category winner, and camera house Photo Friday Landscape winner.
Brendon Wainwrighttwitter instagram facebook youtube
Brendon is a self-taught photographer & time-lapser living near Table Mountain National Park, Cape Town, South Africa. The first PhotographingSpace.com #EveryNewMoon Ambassador, he is constantly addicted to adventuring and photography, and has hiked and shot the Table Mountain area over 400 times to date. He knows that path, just hike.
Licensed by international movie houses and TV production studios the likes of Universal Studios, his time lapse footage is renowned. Brendon works with brands like Nikon, Fenix, Peak Design, Hähnel Industries, and Lexar.
Mark Geetwitter instagram googleplus facebook fh_px
Mark Gee is an award winning photographer, time-lapse filmmaker & digital visual effects supervisor based in Wellington, New Zealand. He has worked on many high profile and Oscar award winning feature films. His love of the New Zealand landscape is a big part of the inspiration for his photography.
Astrophotography is Mark’s passion, and this has led to international success with Mark being short-listed in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year every year from 2012 onwards, a finalist in the 2012 World Open of Photography, and 4th place in the 2014 International Earth and Sky Photo Competition, as well as having images published internationally in various books and magazines.
Marks short film, ‘Full Moon Silhouettes‘ also gained him international acclaim after going viral online, and has been broadcast all over the world by the likes of CNN, The BBC, NASA and various other main stream media.
In 2013, Mark won the prestigious Astronomy Photographer of the Year. Not only did he win it overall, but Mark also won the Earth and Space category, and the People and Space category which had never been done before in the competition’s history.
Mia Stålnacketwitter instagram googleplus facebook flickr
Lucky enough to live far above the arctic circle in Kiruna, Sweden, Mia has the privilege of seeing the northern lights every single year and never has to go far to get away from light pollution. After a lot of practice, passion and a fair share of failure, she has come to a place where her experience has paid off, and has loved every second of it. Mia spends a lot of time sharing photos and helping others learn how to catch their first aurora.
A published photographer for books and magazines, Mia’s accolades include a NASA APOD, pictures of the day at Space.com, and landing a spot on the leading Swedish astronomy magazine “Populär Astronomi” list of the ten best astrophotos of the year.
Michael A. Phillipstwitter googleplus facebook youtube
Michael works in computer networking at Cisco Systems in Raleigh, North Carolina. He received a B.S. from SUNY Stony Brook in Astronomy and Planetary Sciences before entering the Information Technology field. After several years of shifting into the fast paced Internet boom, he got back into astronomy and imaging during the 2005 Mars apparition. He started out with an 8” SCT while growing into his old hobby. By 2011 he sought an upgrade and began plans to build his custom 14” newtonian.
His interests in planetary imaging and computers has made a nice combination to explore many software tools. He has a natural curiosity to figure things out and share what he has learned. This made Mike active on several groups where he share what he learns. He has also beta tested early software from developers and has some regular contact with many of them.
Andrew Symestwitter instagram youtube flickr
Andrew Symes has been observing and photographing the night sky from Ottawa, Canada, for nearly 20 years. A pioneer in smartphone astrophotography, Andrew has been using his iPhone to capture close up views of the sun, moon, planets, and brightest deep sky objects through his telescopes since 2011.
Passionate about communicating the wonder of the universe, Andrew shares his astrophotography images and tips and on a variety of social media channels, and encourages anyone with a smartphone to try their hand at night photography.
Andrew’s photos and astronomy articles have been published in The Atlantic, io9, All About Space magazine, Universe Today, Lunar Photo of the Day (LPOD,) Yahoo! and the Weather Channel. He and his images have also been televised in the United States (ABC World News Tonight with David Muir,) Europe (Dutch Public Broadcasting,) and Canada (CTV Canada AM.)
Paul Stewarttwitter instagram googleplus youtube flickr
Living partly in his home and the backyard observatory he built himself in Timaru, South Island New Zealand, Paul prefers to image the Sun and other dynamic objects like the ISS, asteroids and comets — not the boring stuff that has been the same for millions of years.
An accomplished and published solar (and even deep-sky) astrophotographer, he was short listed for ROG Astronomy Photographer of the Year in 2015, and published in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year collection book.
Yuri Beletskytwitter instagram googleplus fh_px
Yuri works as an astronomer at Carnegie Las Campanas observatory located in the south of Atacama desert in Chile. He deals with modern astronomical instrumentation at 6.5-m Mahellan telescopes. His scientific research encompass studies of interstellar medium and young stellar objects, and the results have been published in leading astronomical journals.
Astrophotography, and nightscape photography in particular, is Yuri’s passion. Starting with a simple DSLR camera he developed and mastered his photographic skills. Now Yuri mostly specializes in nightscape photography. His images are known worldwide and they appear in various books, magazines (Astronomy, Sky & Telescope, The Times magazine, etc..), popular websites, and on TV. Yuri is an active contributor to NASA APOD, having more than 30 featured images on the NASA website.
Yuri is also involved in outreach activities at the largest astronomical observatories. He likes to share his passion for astrophotography through communication, meetings, and personal workshops.
Read Yuri's articles
Sara Wagertwitter facebook flickr
Sara Wager is a UK expat. She started imaging when she moved to Spain and it has now seemingly become a way of life! Initially enjoying general photography, she had an article published in a US photography magazine, but stuck firmly to astro imaging and its hardships in every sense.
She is an APOD recipient, winner of the International Astronomy Show 2015, and winner of Astrophotography Website of 2015 in Spain and Europe.
Sara has a home observatory in her garden and has had many published images and articles for various astronomy magazines. She is passionate about what she does as well as feeling a sense of responsibility for passing on help to others.
Judy Schmidttwitter flickr
Hailing from New York City under some of the most light polluted skies, Judy Schmidt can often be found with her nose in an archive rather than outdoors. An expert image processor and amateur astronomer, she works almost exclusively with professionally obtained, publicly available data like that of the famous Hubble Space Telescope.
With a keen scientific mind and deep regard for the vast, distant, and often invisible cosmos, Judy loves to share the beauty that can be found buried in the treasure troves of public data.
Jon Secordfacebook instagram
Jon Secord is a landscape and nightscape photographer living in New England. After picking up a DSLR in 2012, he quickly discovered the amazing world of astrophotography, and has dedicated the majority of his time to capturing the night sky ever since. Like many astrophotographers, the biggest struggle can be finding dark skies, and he loves the challenge of searching out interesting locations in the darkest corners of New England.
Jon has been featured by Space.com numerous times, including their “Best 101 Night Sky Photos of the Year”, teaches Astrophotography Workshops in New England, and was voted “Best Astrophotographer in the World” by his two dogs, Moosh and Donut.
See more of Jon’s work on his website.
The PhotoPills Teamtwitter instagram googleplus facebook youtube
Germán, Joan, Antoni and Rafael are the small group of friends behind PhotoPills, the app any astrophotographer should have. They do not only make the coolest app to help us turn our ideas into real images, but also write high quality step-by-step tutorials to help us actually nail our shots.
PhotoPills is all about having fun imagining, planning and shooting legendary photos and also receiving awards on the go. You know, photography is all about creativity, and these guys do want to keep us all motivated by rewarding the most creative shots with more than $5000 every year.
Learn more about the tutorials and awards on their website: photopills.com.Read PhotoPills' articles