Night Sky Workshops

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Night Sky Photography Workshops

Interested in getting better at photographing the stars?  These night sky workshops run on demand as long as there is a minimum of two participants or on pre-scheduled dates.  Get a friend to sign up with you and pick your date together for a unique experience!

 

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Being under the night sky is awe inspiring, and I invite you to let me take you away from the comforts of light and civilization to share with you my knowledge and passion of photographing of the stars.  Being out in the dark alone can be daunting, so why not join a group of like-minded photography enthusiasts and make it a night of learning, new experiences, and friendships.   Starscape and night photography workshops are designed to teach you the fundamentals of what you need to know to get started with photographing the night.  We will meet in the field and under the sky to go over and practice together techniques for capturing moonlit scenes, pinpoint stars, star trails, light painting, composition, and how to incorporate landscape elements.  My goal is to make the workshop casual, fun, technically informative, and educational by giving you what in-the-field instruction, assistance and technical expertise I can offer. These small group workshops have limited space and require a digital SLR camera and tripod. A shutter release/remote is not required, but highly recommended.


“For my part I know nothing with any certainty
but the sight of the stars makes me dream.”
– Vincent Van Gogh

"For my part I know nothing with any certainty but the sight of the stars makes me dream." - Vincent Van Gogh (Allison Pluda)

Itinerary

We will meet at an undetermined location for meet-and-greets and introductions and will review basic camera settings and students intentions for the workshop.  We will go over night sky features and general astronomy and how these features move through the sky as well as how to incorporate them into your photographs.  You will learn the importance of planning your shoot, how to do it, and what to consider.  While photographing the night sky together, I will take the time to talk with each student to answer questions, help with troubleshooting, and share my knowledge as much as possible to help you continue to advance your night photography adventures with a little more confidence.  We will shoot until the workshop concludes and we will part ways.

Date and Registration

Reserve your spot now! These night sky workshops run on demand as long as there is a minimum of two participants or on pre-scheduled dates.  Get a friend to sign up with you and pick your date together for a unique experience!

*a non-photographing friend or spouse are welcome to join

In the event of bad weather the workshop will be rescheduled as soon as possible, conditions permitting, or cancelled, in which full refunds will be given as soon as possible.

 

 What to Bring

  1. Your digital SLR camera.   You need to have a camera with full manual mode as well as manual focusing
  2. Shutter release cable / wireless remote. IF your camera does not have a self timer (which most new ones do) these are great. While not required, these make life much easier for night photography.
  3. Lenses.   Bring all the lenses you have!  Wide angle lenses that have large apertures of f/3.5 or wider are ideal.
  4. Tripod.   This is a necessity for night photography!  If there is wind (which in Wyoming is always possible) the sturdier your tripod, the better.
  5. Extra batteries.   Bring at least 1 or 2 extra batteries. Long exposures and cold temperatures drain batteries very quickly. Remember to charge them before heading out!
  6. Extra memory cards.   Ideally we will be shooting in RAW format, which takes up more space on a memory card. At least a 16 MB card should be enough, but bring them all since they don’t take up much room. Better safe than sorry!
  7. Shoes and Layered Clothing.   Weather at 10,000 feet can have a cold bite to it after the sun goes down.  If you are going to be outside for a few hours, better have too many layers than not enough.  You can always take layers off!  Bring at minimum a possible windbreaker, and a good, comfortable pair of walking shoes as we may be on uneven ground.  Check the weather forecast for Laramie, Wyoming and then subtract a few degrees for where we will be.
  8. Headlamp or Flashlight.  Not only do you need this to see, but you can use it for light painting. Headlamps with a red light are ideal since the red does not ruin your (or others) night vision.
  9. Drinks and Snacks.   Food and water are not provided, so bring a thermos, water bottle, or your calorie packed snacks to stay warm (chocolate is my favorite).  I will bring something to boil water as well as tea if you would like some warm drinks during the shoot, but be sure to bring your favorite mug!
  10. A portable fold up / camping chair. While not essential, these can be nice to have if you don’t want to be standing, squatting, or sitting on the ground the whole time.
  11. A small backpack.  While we will be close to the cars, we may not be directly by them.  Please consider this for your own planning purposes.
  12. Notepad or paper and pen.  In case you’d like to take any notes.
  13. Camera manual.  If you aren’t totally familiar with what  your camera can do, this can be a great resource in the field.
  14. An open mind and your sense of adventure.   I want to teach you what YOU want to learn. In the world of outdoor photography, nature is always sure to keep you on your toes and throw you situations you cannot control.  Please come with an open mind ready to learn that can be flexible with the itinerary and ready for anything. I will do my best to share my own passion and knowledge to give you the best time possible!

Resources

  • While not essential, there are many apps for your smart phone that can help you learn about and navigate the night sky. The Sky Safari app for iPhone is my personal favorite.
  • http://www.stellarium.org/ is an amazing free program for your computer to help you plan your star adventures.

 

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Thanks and hope to see you under the stars!