Astro Photography and Long Exposure Photography – 6 Hours mentoring
One of the super powers a camera instills is the ability to bend time — to capture microseconds, or to show hours in a single frame. Combine this power with near total darkness and a photographer can show the very motion of the heavens. With the advent of digital photography, star trail photography has become accessible to just about anyone with a modern DSLR or mirrorless camera.
This workshop will instruct you the ins and outs of making star trails using simple equipment — a camera with manual mode, a lens, a tripod and a simple shutter release. During the course, you will learn how to frame and focus a star trail image (finding foregrounds, focusing), how to determine the appropriate settings in various situations, how to manage making a single image over hours and how to post process star trails to a finished image.
This is a hands-on workshop involving walking/hiking at night. The class will drive to a dark location about 2 hours from Washington DC.
– Night Sky Orientation – what you will see
– What are Star trails?
– How star trails are made – Single exposure vs Stacking
– Finding + Focusing a Scene
– Exposure Settings for Star Trails
– Assembling stacked star trails
– Using Applications to find the milky way
– Camera with Manual Mode and 30s exposure available.
– Fast wide or ultra wide lens – f/4 or f/2.8
– Wired simple remote or computerized intervolometer. No IR remotes, or other “selfie” style remotes.
– A Sturdy tripod
– Sturdy hiking shoes and proper clothes including warm layers (it gets cold waiting).
– Snacks and water
– If unsure about your equipment, please contact me.
This is geared towards all skill levels. The concepts covered are “advanced” but will be presented in a way that any photographer can follow along and will be able to make star trails after the workshop. More advanced students will learn advanced tricks and tips for making and post processing star trails.
Schedule and Format
This is a hands-on, excursion-based class. The first 60 minutes of workshop are spent going over the night sky orientation and learning the various steps to make a star trail. After the introduction to astro photography portion, the students will then make star trails on their own with the help of the instructor.
Learn how to get the most from your DSLR or MIRRORLESS camera and improve your photography!
Who this course is for:
This beginner digital photography course is meant to help you master your digital camera. Learn the basic functions of your camera so you can begin to shoot in manual mode, capturing higher-quality images of the people and places around you. You will learn how to see the world like a photographer, whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been taking photos for years.
What you’ll learn:
– Understand what the Aperture is and how to use it.
– Understand what the Shutter is and how to use it.
– Change your Shutter Speed, your Aperture, or your ISO.
– Use Aperture techniques for dramatic portraits or nature shots.
– Compose better pictures and understand basic composition tricks.
– A DSLR or MIRRORLESS camera where you can change the lenses.
– Camera with Manual Mode
– A tripod will be helpful, but is not essential