Astronaut's Photography Manual - Hasselblad

Astronaut’s Photography Manual

Article Updated: 26 Apr , 2016


I can’t believe I never saw this before. This is the astronaut’s photography manual provided by Hasselblad for NASA astronauts. For those of you who didn’t grow up with a professional photographer for a father, Hasselblad cameras are really high quality, square-format film cameras that were used by astronauts throughout the NASA program – even on the Moon. (The astronauts use digital cameras now.)

Click here to access the guide (warning, it’s a PDF document).

So this is a guide written by Hasselblad giving astronauts special instructions on how to take the best photographs from space!

It’s actually a really solid photography guide, with great information on lenses, exposure settings, and camera technique. Any photographer could get some use out of it. But if you happen to be up in space, you’ll have everything you need to get that perfect shot.

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Lloyd Barnes
Lloyd Barnes
September 13, 2011 5:35 PM

Wow very cool! I’d love to use the Hasselblad in space smile

Gin And Tonic
Gin And Tonic
September 13, 2011 7:00 PM

As a camera dork and astronomy nerd, that was the best thing I’ve seen all day!

Torbjorn Larsson OM
Torbjorn Larsson OM
September 13, 2011 7:10 PM

[Channeling my inner swede:]

A Hasselblad camera, accidentally dropped by Michael Collins during a space walk 1966, became the first swedish manufactured satellite. The first planned swedish satellite, Viking, wasn’t launched until 20 years afterwards (1986).