Night Sky Photo Workshop

We will be offering Night Sky Photography Workshops starting in 2019.

  • Workshop/Photo Tour

  • Night Sky

  • Photo Instruction

  • Price

  • Dates to be announced soon!
I am excited to be offering a short, small group (limited to 5) workshop/photo tour at Desert Photo Retreat my 10 acre property in the Tortolita Mountains in Tucson, Arizona.

I call this a workshop because I will be concentrating on teaching and won’t be photographing myself.

I also call this a tour because I will be putting us in the best places at the best times.  I have scouted the area and found the best opportunities for interesting foreground elements.

We will concentrate on night sky photography.

I emphasize teaching in this workshop and I will be available for any questions that may arise.  I will tailor the instruction to the ability of the group.  With 5 guests, it won’t be the one on one individual attention that you would receive from a private tour, but it is small enough for plenty of individual interaction.  Here are some of the topics I intend to cover.

  • Composition and the creative aspects of photography – this is the most important!
  • Light-the direction, quality and advantages of different light.
  • Exposure, histograms, metering methods and when to use aperture priority, shutter priority or full manual.
  • Focus-manual, servo and one-shot and hyper focus distance.
  • I will demonstrate tripod and ballhead use, along with various camera plates and even specialized panoramic heads.
  • Lenses.  I will have with me and can demonstrate and discuss the advantages of a variety of lenses including tilt/shift, fish eye, macro and telephotos.
  • Use of reflectors and diffusers-especially valuable for daytime wildflower close-ups.
  • Filter use- polarizer and graduated neutral density filters along with discussions on the trade offs between filters and digital tools such as HDR.  I will also discuss my techniques for capturing images to be used for HDR and panoramics.
  • Camera feature usage, mirror lockup, Live View self timer, etc.

What gear do I need?  A 35mm style digital camera with a normal to wide-angle lens is a must.  A tripod, a close focusing or macro lens, and a small reflector diffuser or two would be very valuable and would add to your overall experience.

What do I need to know?  A working understanding of the relationship between ISO, shutter speed and aperture would be very helpful.  I can review these things and will talk about how I utilize these settings depending on the situation.  Prior knowledge of these concepts will help you get more out of the workshop.  In addition, you should have a working understanding of your camera and I would suggest bringing along your manual.  While I have worked with many cameras, I do not know how to work them all.