What type of camera does he use?
Have you ever get curious about how the International Space Station captures outer space through photos? If yes, you are not alone. For many years now, the ISS always gives us sights on what to see out there. But, unlike here on Earth, taking photos in space is not as easy as you expect it to be. An ISS astronaut recently shared how he does it.
How do astronauts take pictures in space?
Digital Trends recently reported the life of Current ISS inhabitant Thomas Pesquet. As reported, he is one of the most skilled photography shooters on the ISS team. With the ISS located 250 miles above the Earth, there are no other tricks on how Pesquet captures those magnificent and mesmerizing shots in outer space.
One thing, however, that most people asked about him is what type of camera does he use for his photoshoots?
As reported, current astronauts of ISS use the Nikon D5 DSLR unit to capture their photos. It has a telephoto lens that makes it easier to take photos of Earth. Though the unit itself is remarkable in doing its job to capture those breathtaking views, Pesquet revealed that it is not as easy as anyone thinks it is.
On his official Twitter account, the ISS astronaut said that “good planning for a picture is half the job.” He also told the public that getting that access to the part where he wants to photograph is difficult also.
He said that he must look at the navigation software device on their spacecraft to see whether the location is plausible to get photos at, or not. Once done, he will schedule those, to make sure the shots are centered and perfect.
“The software shows us where it is day and night and even cloud cover predictions, but most importantly it shows us the future orbits,” he said.
To those people thinking that an ISS photographer’s job is easy, Pesquet has a message for you:
“[Many people] think that we can take a picture of a specific place on Earth on command, but it is much harder than that. First of all, our orbits mean we only fly over specific areas periodically. Secondly, even if we do fly over an area of interest, it might be during nighttime so there will be nothing to see unless it is a city with bright streetlights.”
Work schedules also an issue… and clouds
Aside from capturing the best shot for outer space photos, Pesquet also revealed that work schedules are also an issue for them.
What most people don’t know is that because of the limited number of people that fly to space, all of them are also responsible for other things in the spacecraft, other than just taking photos.
He said, for example, they cannot drop everything they do once they see good scenery in outer space. He added, “even if the stars align and we have the time [and] the orbits and the weather [are] in our favor, we still need to spot the target from 400 kilometers above and set up the camera settings correctly!”
Another thing they worry about: clouds.