An evening with the stars
I truly believe that the Milky Way is really the number one wonder of the world, albeit it's really out of this world. The stars really are a window into our past, and almost certainly the key to our future. Every night the sky lights up with a spectrum of coloured speckles telling their story of a day gone by many many years ago.
To the naked eye however, things appear a little differently. Humans can see just a small portion of what the night sky has to offer as our retina refresh rate is so fast that we can not absorb enough light to make some part of the sky visible. Thanks to modern technology seeing the stars is now more accessible than ever. Digital SLR's make it even better and provide you with an almost instantaneous view of the Milk way on the back of your camera.
One of the big misconceptions about photography is that you always need better equipment, and while yes it can yield better results for some styles of photography, including astrophotography, it doesn't mean that what you have available isn't capable of capturing a night sky photography. Camera's such as the Go-Pro are even capable; however, they are not ideal as control of the settings are substantially limited.
So now that we have established that you can take photos of the night sky, you're probably going to ask how? Join me on a 1 night workshop and let me give you an introduction into astrophotography. The work shop will last approximately 3-4 hours depending on weather, season, and location, and we will cover the following:
- Location scouting; including
- Location challenges;
- Safety considerations;
- Composition ideas;
- Night sky planning; including
- Weather reports;
- Moon phases;
- Tools and applications;
- Basic Equipment guide;
- Improved Equipment guide;
- Camera settings and configurations;
- Setting up to shoot;
- Basic Post-processing for astrophotography using Adobe Lightroom;
Generally speaking, locations will be within a 90 minute drive from Newcastle City, and these may depend on weather, access, and the student preferences. Essential equipment will include:
- Digital SLR Camera with memory card;
- A wide angle lens; (hire options available)
- Sturdy Tripod;
- Head torch;
- Water + snacks;
- Warm clothes;
- flat shoes/walking boots;
I will guide you through the evening as we look up at the starts and open the shutters on our cameras and stand back while the camera displays something you might not have thought possible. This is also a workshop, in its truest form, and I also encourage people to share ideas and even experiences that help others to grow on their photography journey.
This course is aimed at complete beginners, amateurs, even experienced photographers who want to do something different. Course numbers will be limited to create a more personal environment, so you don't need to worry about large crowds of people. The Milky Way is only visible at certain times, so courses are limited so make sure you get in soon.
I look forward to meeting you, and showing you a little of the galaxies history.