Astro Photography

 

Astro Photography

 

Have you ever wanted to capture the Milky Way in all its glory, stunning star trails, epic time lapses or how about the beauty of the Aurora Borealis. By the end of this workshop you will be able to. Join me on this 2 day/2 night workshop to unleash your potential.

Price Per Person – $550

Date: July.5 2018 – July.7 2018

Location: Banff National Park

Maximum of 6 people, minimum of 3.

 
 

Take the opportunity to join me on a walk among the cosmos.

This workshop takes advantage of the ideal placement and phase of the moon in relation to the milky way in the night skies. This way we can achieve the best photos possible.

The Milky Way is on every photographers bucket list. Now is your chance to capture that same spectacle with your own camera and I am here to guide you through every step of the way.

 
 

If we get lucky and there is news of a solar flare, we might be even get to capture some northing lights. The holy grail of astro photography. Watching as they

How it Works:

  • Day one – We will meet up in Banff for a informal early dinner/late lunch to introduce ourselves and go through some of the theory behind Astro Photography (pre planning). Due to changeable weather conditions there is a chance that we may have to move the workshop a couple of days earlier or later so please be prepared for a possible change in the date and location. After dinner we will pack up our gear and head to our first location of choice to shoot. Through out the night we will change locations one maybe two times in hopes to capitalize on the open skies. We will only move once everyone feels they got the shot. At the end of the night or in this case start of the morning we will retire to our rooms to sleep.
  • Day two – After catching some ZZZ’s we will get an afternoon start on the post processing portion of the workshop. We will meet at a pre booked boardroom and begin sorting, organizing and editing our images from the night before.
 
 

In this Workshop we’ll cover the following topics:

  • Pre Planning
  • Locating, tracking the Milky Way
  • Moon Phases and it’s importance
  • Helpful programs, sites and apps.
  • How to focus in the dark
  • White balance
  • Shutter Speeds (Exposure Time)
  • Light Painting
  • Composition
  • Time lapse Execution
  • Post Process Milky Way Shots
 
 

WHAT TO BRING:

Camera Gear and Clothing-

  • A DSLR or mirrorless camera with ‘Live View’ and the capability to shoot in manual mode with at least ISO 3200. Don’t forget your memory cards and spare batteries
  • A sturdy tripod, ideally with a ball head
  • The Widest and fastest lens you have. Ideally a 2.8 or faster.
  • A Headlamp
  • Sensible footwear – no flip flops even though it’s summer. We’re shuffling around in the dark and it still gets chilly.
  • Bring extra layers. Mother Nature is constantly changing it can go from warm to chilly quickly.
 
 

What’s Not Included:

  • Meals (excluding pre workshop meet and greet dinner)
  • Drinks
  • Accommodation
  • Transportation
  • Flights
  • Park entrance fees
  • Equipment
  • Insurance – It is MANDATORY to insure yourself against physical injury. I also advise that you insure your photographic equipment. Tour leaders will not be responsible in the event of any personal injuries or damage to photographic gear as a result of an accident during the workshop.
 
 

Don’t Forget to Sleep In

For those who can, I advise sleeping in till late on morning of day one. Maybe have a power nap in the afternoon because we will be burning the midnight oil until it runs out.

Image Post Processing Tuition Included

Sure, it’s great to know how to shoot the Milky Way but how you process those images can make a huge difference to the final image. We will take the afternoon on day two and take your images from “wow” to “out of this world!”. Covering the various techniques used to get the most from your shots, using different adjustment tools with camera raw inside of Photoshop

Laptop Computer Equipment.

Most of the post processing that I do can be done in Adobe Lightroom so if that is what you have that is fine. If you would like to make the most out of the light painting portion of the workshop, you will need Adobe Photoshop. Photoshop users should also have Adobe Bridge for fast previewing of their RAW files.

Download a Free Trial of Photoshop Here.

Please ensure that whether you’re using Lightroom or Photoshop that your copy is fully installed and working on your laptop. I won’t be able to troubleshoot installation issues during the workshop.

 
 

Join me on this night with the stars, where our imaginations get to roam free.

Price Per Person – $550

Date: July.5 2018 – July.7 2018

Location: Banff National Park

Maximum of 6 people, minimum of 3.