Milky Way and Night Photography Workshop's
We are pleased to share that we have been named the official City of Wilcox Dark Sky Photographer. During our three day workshops, participants will learn to master Milky Way, Star-trail, Deep Sky and Night Photography in some of the most beautiful dark sky sites in the United States.
Our programs cover:
We will also be shooting sunrises and sunsets. Each night will bring a new adventure and fantastic photos.
Expect to capture old west windmills, ranches, barns and ghost towns from under the arch of a brilliant Milky Way. We will photograph iconic Saguaro, Barrel and Prickly Pear Cactus in perspectives only seen at night. We will also explore an ancient pictograph adorned cave and ridges of an otherworldly golden mountain range.
What to expect
Day / Night One:
We look forward to all participants arriving at the hotel by 2:00 pm. After checking in and getting settled we will meet for an introductory dinner and drinks at 4:30 PM at the hotel restaurant. We will discuss the basics of night photography and our shot plan for the evening. At that time we can answer questions about the upcoming weekend, locations, or anything else.
Our first night will focus on composition, focusing at night and camera settings for single exposure night sky images.
Day / Night Two:
After lunch on the second day (we expect you will sleep late) we will process the previous night's images together to learn the basics of Milky Way editing. Later we will meet for dinner and discuss planning a night sky shoot. At the meal, we will discuss image stacking, the NPF and 500 rule, and teach how to use PhotoPills to get the perfect location and shot.
After dinner, we will head to our second-night location. We will start by capturing foreground images. After the Milky Way rises we will continue to work on focusing at night, camera settings, the 500 and NPF rule to achieve pinpoint stars.
Day / Night Three:
Sunday late morning we will gather at the hotel conference room for brunch and a class on processing stacked images, creating composites, and more advanced Milky Way edits. Lunch and dinner on your own. After dinner, we will head to the third-night shooting location and learn how to use a star-tracker. You can use your own or we can share ours. We will shoot both the Milky Way and a Deep Sky object on Sunday night.
Monday morning we will have our last meal together in the conference room and practice our editing skills. We will also teach how to process the deep sky image we shot the night before. Before you leave we will present each participant will receive a Night Sky Photography manual (PDF), a Certificate of Completion for the workshop, and a link to the Lightroom Presets and Photoshop Actions.
Night Four & Day Night Five (for those choosing an extended workshop):
For those that choose the extended workshop, we will provide an intense focus on your choice of areas you would like to shoot. This can include any combination of basic Milky Way shooting, stacking, tracking, or deep-sky photography.
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