Night Sky Photo Workshop
We will be offering Night Sky Photography Workshops starting in 2019.
- Dates to be announced soon!
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.