Landscape astrophotography workshop

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Level

Nivel

Intermediate

Duration

Duración

6 hours (2 intensive classes: theory and practice)

What's included?

What's included?

Snacks, study material and post-workshop support

What's not included?

What's not included?

Transportation to practice location (you can share a vehicle with another participant)

When night comes everything changes, what seemed to be uninteresting suddenly turns into something wonderful thanks to the lack of sunlight. That, accompanied by the stars, makes us see the sky with new eyes; we can start to think about new compositions to shoot, including the Moon or the Milky Way in our framing, as well as the different planets and constellations we find in the night sky.

Astrophotography is an extremely technical branch of photography. There are several factors that affect the shots - how good or bad they’ll be. Since there’s little to no light, all camera automatisms won’t work as expected, and because of that we must understand very well our camera and how to use it in that kind of situations.

Objectives

My main goal is to teach how to take pictures at night in different light situations, be it with or without Moon (trying to avoid light pollution). This can be achieved with good planning and observation of the scene during the day and finally taking the shots at night.

Every participant will learn about astrophotography techniques, in which we avoid to use any camera automatism. They’ll also learn about the different options the night sky has to offer when looking for interesting compositions, and to do that they will learn a thing or two about astronomy.

Requirements

  • How to use the camera in manual mode
  • A camera with manual mode, manual focus and 30 second exposure
    • Not sure if you can participate with your camera? Send me the make and model and I'll find that out for you
  • A wide angle lens (the 18-55 kit lens works fine)
  • A tripod
  • A flashlight (a small one is enough)

Duration

6hs divided in two modules: theory and practice. 2.30hs for the theory and 3.30hs for the practice.

Language

Currently I am teaching in Spanish only, I am trying to improve my spoken English before teaching in that language.

Study material

You will get the presentation I use to teach after the theory class in digital format.

Special offers

These offers cannot be combined with any other offers.

My work

Clicking here you can see the pictures I shot at night using the techniques we'll learn during the workshop.

Information and registration

Contact me via email clicking here or calling at +54 9 351 2457662.

Contents

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  • How does a long exposure affect a landscape astrophotography?
  • Types of lighting
    • Natural ambient light
    • Artificial ambient light
      • Light pollution
    • Combination of both types of lighting
    • Lighting with flashlights, speedlights or emergency lights
  • Scouting: why you should explore a location
  • Technique
    • Basic considerations
    • Exposure
      • Exposure according to the Lunar phase
      • How to quickly compose in the dark and avoid wasting time during a shoot
        • Reciprocity
      • How to use the histogram
    • Focal lengths
    • How to focus in the dark
      • Hyperfocal distance
      • Focus to infinity using Live View
    • White balance
    • Camera configurations
      • File format: Raw vs JPG
      • In-camera noise reduction
    • Digital noise
      • Luminance noise
      • Chrominance noise
      • How to reduce it
      • How to capture images for stacking
  • What is the difference between an edited and an unedited image?
    • Why it's important to post-process an astrophotography
  • The importance of context in landscape astrophotography
  •  Composition
    • Basic information to find astronomical objects in the night sky
    • How to get stars like spots
    • How to get star trails
    • Milky Way
    • The Moon as part of the composition
  • Smartphone apps for planning shots

What happens after the workshop?

After the event we can stay in touch via email. If you have questions you can send me a message and I'll help you.

Upcoming workshops

Tinogasta

There are no upcoming group workshops at the moment.

Online

Online workshops are via Google Meet where you can see my computer's screen while I'm teaching the theory. Then you can go out and practice by yourself. The workshop is completely interactive! You can ask questions at any time during the videocall.

  • Date and time at students convenience
  • You need a microphone and speakers/headphones to take the workshop
  • Google Meet can be used directly from your Internet browser, there's no need to install any additional app (check this page to learn how to use Meet)
  • 4 people minimum are needed for me to teach a group workshop

Face-to-face

In-person workshops can be done privately or by group (for example with a group of friends).

  • Date and time at students convenience
  • Theory location: Av. Córdoba 476, Tinogasta (Catamarca)
  • Practice location: locations near Tinogasta downtown no further than 30km from the main square. Transportation is not included. We can share cars when going to the location to save gas money
  • 4 people minimum are needed for me to teach a group workshop
  • Keep in mind that if there's bad weather (rain, clouds or zonda wind), the practice gets postponed to another day agreed by the participants

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    Refunds

    If you can't attend let me know between 14 to 8 days before the event to get back 50% of your money via the same payment method you used to pay for the workshop. I can't offer refunds if you let me know 7 days before the workshop. No exceptions.

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