Date: Friday 13th October | Time: 9.45am – 10.45am

Nigel A Ball

Nigel A Ball Photography specialises in night and astronomy based imagery.

Nigel’s interest in  photography began in the 1970’s using firstly film (Ilford FP4) and then later slide (Kodachrome 25 and 64);  developing and printing in a home darkroom with his father who won various Photographic Club awards for his close up photography. His interest in Astronomy began during the Apollo Moon missions back in the late sixties when he used to watch the coverage on the BBC.

I’ve always had a healthy or some say unhealthy interest in Astronomy and in recent times I’ve had more disposable income so I returned to the hobby and in particular Astrophotography and Night scape photography.  I’ve always been interested in Mathematics and Science; I believe most of the natural world can be understood by these two disciplines. Astro and Night Photography allows me to combine my love of Maths, Science and real time software into one! ‘

Nigel was elected to Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in 2013 for his services to Astrophotography and Public Outreach work with his local Astronomy Society



Lecture synopsis

‘Tales from the Dark Side’

In this brand new and exclusive lecture for IAS2017, Nigel shares with us some of the techniques he uses to capture his stunning night images. There are tips and tricks and a few amusing anecdotes.

The digital photographer has a bewildering range of software at their disposal and this lecture will discuss the various options and give advice on choosing a cost-effective package. Nigel explains how the use mobile apps can do much of the leg work for the night photographer, principles that can be applied generally whatever type of photography you’re into. The choice of camera equipment and lenses is also covered ranging from entry level kit through to full frame DSLR’s and astro-modified offerings. Finally there will be a brief demonstration of processing a nightscape image.

Below some of Nigel’s amazing nightscape images