This article gives an overview of the surprisingly DIY camera setups that capture up close photos of rocket launches. I wrote this article while attending the most recent NASA Social event at the Kennedy Space Center. I was 1 of 150, chosen from 1200, to participate in the recent MAVEN launch to Mars.
The article includes a photo story documenting a complete DIY setup by photographer Julian Leek.
Here’s a highlight:
In the world of modern spaceflight, we are spoiled with close up imagery of rockets launching. Thanks to cameras mounted on the side of rockets we often get to ride along with the rocket watching stage separations in real time. After witnessing my first rocket launch in March of this year, SpaceX CRS-2 mission, I began wondering what type of photography equipment was needed to capture a rocket launch. With all of the long distance transmitting we see with space flight, it’s easy to imagine photographers in a room monitoring and maneuvering their cameras as the launch takes place. That doesn’t even come close to reality.