This is a supplement to the article in issue 175 of Professional Photo

ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY is currently one of the fastest-growing genres there is and it can become a genuine untapped source of income for professionals seeking to diversify from the saturated markets of landscape and weddings. Anyone who has ever tried shooting a star trail will know that it’s anything but an exact science and sometimes your results can lack that final effect of a perfectly looped trail.

Fear, not, however, because Affinity Photo’s Radial Blur tool provides the perfect way to enhance the effect of your star trail image, bringing a far more professional and polished looking finish to the frame. It’s also worth noting that the techniques outlined here can be combined with other adjustments to make the most of every pixel in your frame and the best news is that the whole technique allows for a high degree of precision and takes less than five minutes

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