Two-Day and Two-Night
Nightscape and Time-Lapse Astrophotography Workshop
As featured on the US National Park Service SMMNRA Home Page:
Friday evening, July 29 – Sunday, July 31, 2016
Meet 7 pm, Friday, July 29: Courtyard Marriott, 1710 Newbury Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Special Inaugural Rate – This Year Only: $195.00, Limited to Just 8 Participants
Learn the secrets of photographing the beautifully clear night skies of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA)!
You won’t want to miss this one – sign up here:
The SMMNRA has surprisingly dark skies, despite its proximity to Los Angeles. This is the result of the southward-facing geography of the nearby Pacific Ocean coastline. Coupled with its reliably cloudless summer skies, the SMMNRA offers perhaps the finest opportunity in the entire United States for metropolitan city dwellers to clearly observe the night sky.
Get your cameras out and learn how to photograph the bright, galactic core of the Milky Way on one of the two best weekends of the year! You will also learn how to create stunning time-lapse sequences transitioning from the rich colors of sunset to the inky darkness of night, with sparkling stars and the Milky Way slowly wheeling overhead. Finally, amaze your friends with the beautiful star trail images you will create with the star alignment of your choice.
We will spend time both in the classroom learning all the basics you need and in the field putting them into results. Topics will include astronomy and photography, as well as the crucial secrets of planning that can enable you get that trophy shot. You will also have the chance to learn specialized techniques for post-processing your images and image sequences with Lightroom, Photoshop, StarStaX and LRTimelapse for professional quality images and time-lapses.
The workshop is timed immediately before the new Moon for the clearest, darkest skies. You can expect to view and photograph the Milky Way, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, many popular constellations, the Andromeda Galaxy and more. We will also participate in the free, public 2016 SMMNRA Star Festival, where you will have the opportunity to join others for direct viewing of celestial objects through a variety of powerful telescopes. You will also get to hear my public presentation!
Bonus – you will have a sneak preview of ALL the material from my forthcoming new book, “The Complete Guide to Landscape Astrophotography – Understanding, Planning, Creating and Processing Nightscape Images,” Focal Press / Rutledge (in press; expected publication date: December, 2016).
Instruction will include composition, camera settings and what they do, exposure and lens selection. You will have opportunities to explore the night sky with a virtual planetarium and other planning apps. The workshop is strictly limited to only eight participants to ensure you get plenty of individual, personalized attention.
The workshop is operated under the provisions of a special commercial permit from the United States National Park Service.
Cost: $195.00 – Local transportation is not included. Workshop fees do not include food or lodging. You are responsible for arranging your own lodging.
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You will subsequently be given a choice of payment method.
Once we receive your full payment, you are registered for the workshop and your registration confirmation will be sent to you.
Also, once full payment has been received, you will receive your Welcome Packet, containing the workshop schedule and itinerary, maps, a required/recommended equipment list and many other helpful suggestions and information.
Required equipment: Any camera with a manual (M) exposure setting, a tripod and a headlamp or other flashlight, preferably with a red light setting. Other helpful equipment includes gaffer’s tape, a focusing loupe and a remote shutter release. You will get the most from this class with a digital camera and fisheye, wide angle and street-zoom lenses. Standard lenses (e.g., 18 – 55 mm) are perfect.
Canon owners and others whose cameras lack a built-in interval timer capability will need either a remote switch/release with a locking mechanism or an external intervalometer/timer for the star trail portion of the workshop.
Workshop conducted Friday evening, July 29 – Sunday, July 31, 2016. Workshop begins at 7 pm, Friday, July 29 and concludes at 5 pm, Sunday, July 31, 2016.
1710 Newbury Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320