Night Photography and Hyperfocal Tips – Jennifer Wu Episode 154

downloadJennifer Wu is a landscape photographer who was actually requested to be on the Photography Roundtable Podcast a long time ago. So, contacting Jennifer had been on my radar for a while. When I finally did, I was pleased that we had a pretty quick turn around from first contact to interview.


Sand Dunes at Sunrise: I used the Hyperfocal chart to focus on the foreground and get everything in good focus from the foreground sand to distant hills. Photographed at F/16, 1/100 second, ISO 100, EF11-24mm f/4L USM lens at 11mm, Canon EOS 5DS R. I took five exposures at one f-stop increments and blended using HDR in Adobe Camera RAW. I then took another image with my finger in the area of the sun to reduce sun flare. I took the same five exposures and combined them in HDR. I used this image in a layer mask in PhotoshopCC to reveal the areas without the lens flare. 

The reason I decided to follow up with Jennifer Wu is because:

  1. She is an amazing photographer
  2. She is extremely well rounded and can shoot anything with great expertise
  3. She is passionate about teaching and really knows her stuff


Star Trails: This is a stacked star trail with fifteen, 4-minuite exposures for at total time of 1 hour. These were combined in PhotoshopCC. Photographed using an intervalometer set to 4 minutes, f/2.8, ISO 800, 15mm fisheye lens, Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

Jennifer Wu has a very interesting journey through photography. She knew she liked photography in college, but her path to where she is now took a few interesting turns along the way!

In this episode, Jennifer shares about her journey, her love for and recent trip to Death Valley National Park, tips and resources for hyperfocal distance, and a ton of tips and settings to shoot night photography!


Volcano and Milky Way: Photographed at f/2.8, 25 seconds, 16-35mm lens at 16mm, ISO 3200, Canon EOS-1D X

Links from this episode…

Jennifer’s Website

Jennifer’s article on hyperfocal shooting

A guide to Hyperfocal focusing by Jennifer Wu – Hyperfocal-Focusing-2

Photographing the stars as points of light

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