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Photoh Meets...Lucie: Astrophotographer

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This week, we chat to Lucie Jordanna, a photographer who specialises in astro and night photography.

Tell us about who you are and what you do
Hi! I'm Lucie and I'm a trainer at moo.com and a freelance photographer.

© Lucie Jordanna Cohen

Where in the world are you?
I'm based in London.

Do you have a favourite photo that you’ve taken?
That's a tricky one! I think my photos of space are my favourite - probably my crescent moon. I also love the main shot on my website at the moment which is a long exposure street style photo.

What inspires you?
To be honest everything around me inspires me. I see in photographs. Everything I look at my brain figures out how best it would fit in a frame. I'm not so much of a fan of set up shots.

© Lucie Jordanna Cohen

What’s in your camera bag?
My Canon 5D MK II and Canon 24-70mm 2.8 are my babies. My Canon 50mm 1.8 is one of my staples too.

Is there something on your equipment wishlist?
I would absolutely love a Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens!

© Lucie Jordanna Cohen

How do you find your next photography location?
As per above, I really just like wandering around and shooting what I see. However, for astrophotography I tend to try and find places with low light and/or interesting architecture/scenery. Sometimes it requires a bit of research.

What do you find rewarding about photography?
Something about it just makes me happy. I love being able to tell a story through an image and for others to see the world through my eyes.

© Lucie Jordanna Cohen

What’s been the biggest challenge?
It's very competitive. Any art takes a lot of dedication and really getting yourself out there in order to get by. Astrophotography is also very niche and hard to get in to if you live in London where we have a lot of light pollution. Really I need to move abroad!

© Lucie Jordanna Cohen

What has been the best piece of advice given to you?
Don't overthink it.

Three tips for someone following in your footsteps?
Experiment and take risks - sure there are rules to follow, all the technical camera stuff but ultimately you have to trust your instinct and try things out and see what works for you
Be prepared and dedicated for long cold nights
Try and get the shot right, don't rely on or overuse Photoshop. You'll be surprised by how beautiful shooting the night sky can be.

© Lucie Jordanna Cohen

Colour or black and white?
Colour. Though black and white can also be beautiful.

© Lucie Jordanna Cohen

You can see more of Lucie's work over on her website here. If you have been inspired by Lucie's work and are interested in learning more about photographing the night sky and stars, check out our handy tutorial.

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