This workshop is for those who would like to learn beginner and intermediate astrophotography concepts and get hands on instructions from a professional landscape astrophotographer. It is also for those looking to solidify their astrophotography fundamentals and hear bad astronomy jokes. What's the difference between a steak and a meteorite?
Ones a little meat and the other is a little meteor ;)

Pricing: $150 total cost - I am making this workshop extremely affordable! Other astrophotographers charge 100's of dollars for this type of workshop. And because I have many photographer friends, who like me, spend 99% of their budget on camera gear and travelling, so I know how it goes :)

Topics Covered: Including but not limited to

  • Learning about and planning your Milky Way shots around the Milky Way core schedule, moon cycles, light pollution and locations.
  • Discuss astrophotography equipment like lenses, camera bodies, intervalometers, and even equatorial mounts, dew heaters, software, and post processing softwares.
  • Finding an artistic and interesting composition and foreground and what factors contribute in making a high quality astrophoto.
  • Astrophotography techniques like how to focus your camera at night, find the Milky Way and important night sky constellations, stars, and celestial objects.
  • Concepts about balancing a proper exposure and the exposure triangle with ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed. Topics like Signal, Noise, Rule of 500, Coma, Chromatic Aberrations.
  • We will also discuss astrophotography topics like Signal to Noise Ratio, Quantum Effeciency, Tracking, Stacking, and more.

What do I need to bring?

  • A DSLR or Mirrorless camera body that has Manual mode capabilities. If you have never used your camera, please bring your user manual- I excel with Nikon gear but am only OKAY with newer Sony and Canon camera bodies.
  • A wide angle lens within the range of 10mm-35mm and an aperture of at least f/2.8 is recommended. However I do shoot anywhere from 14mm-75mm myself and will show you panorama techniques with longer focal length lenses that I love to use.
  • A tripod with appropriate mounting gear for your camera (I use a simple ballhead mount)
  • A headlamp with redlight capabilities (jimmies will be ruffled if you blast someone's night eyes with white light)
  • Memory cards and batteries. You can never have too many!
  • An intervalometer for exposures longer than 30 seconds.
  • Appropriate warm clothing and close toed shoes.
  • Snax! LOTS of snacks. And water. Night's can get long and you tired, so I recommend energy drinks, coffee, and proper nutrition to help keep you going through the night. I am known for sharing my own astro snax, if you're into watermelon sour patch candy, spicy nuts, and bananas.
  • A fold out camping chair recommended for for those who get tired during shooting and want to rest their legs inbetween exposures. Standing and bending over while operating your camera can become tiring!

Schedule: We meet up at our shooting location at 5:30 and finishes around 4am Sunday morning (basically still Saturday night). That gives us plenty of time to find and set up our compositions, talk astrophotography, and teach you how to get great shots of the Milky Way!

Location: Within one hour outside of Phoenix at an undisclosed and awesome astrophotography location (for privacy reasons). Once you sign up the exact location coordinates, schedule, contact info and details will be sent out :) Foregrounds will include small mountains and CACTUSES. Or I guess cacti, but I'm from Seattle and speak mildly educated, not Latin!

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