Star Trails and Astro Photography
Star Trails and Astro Photography
One of the super powers a camera instills is the ability to bend time — to capture microseconds, or to show hours in a single frame. Combine this power with near total darkness and a photographer can show the very motion of the heavens. With the advent of digital photography, star trail photography has become accessible to just about anyone with a modern dSLR or mirrorless camera.
Join us for a workshop that will instruct you on the ins and outs of making star trails using simple equipment — a camera with manual mode, a lens, a tripod and a simple shutter release. During the course, students will learn how to frame and focus a star trail image (finding foregrounds, focusing), how to determine the appropriate settings in various situations, how to manage making a single image over hours and how to post process star trails to a finished image.
This is a hands-on workshop involving walking/hiking at night. The class will drive to a dark location about 90 minutes from the store after the classroom session to make star trails.
- Night Sky Orientation - what you will see
- What are Star trails?
- How star trails are made - Single exposure vs Stacking
- Finding + Focusing a Scene
- Exposure Settings for Star Trails
- Assembling stacked star trails
- Camera with Manual Mode and 30s exposure available.
- Fast wide or ultra wide lens - f/4 or f/2.8
- Wired simple remote or computerized intervolometer. No IR remotes, or other "selfie" style remotes.
- A Sturdy tripod
- Sturdy hiking shoes and proper clothes including warm layers (it gets cold waiting).
- Snacks and water
If unsure about your equipment, please ask the instructor (email below) and remember Precision rents equipment.
This is geared towards all skill levels. The concepts covered are "advanced" but will be presented in a way that any photographer can follow along and will be able to make star trails after the class. More advanced students will learn advanced tricks and tips for making and post processing star trails.
Schedule and Format
This is a hands-on, excursion-based class. The first 90 minutes of class are spent in the Precision Camera classroom going over the night sky orientation and learning the various steps to make a star trail. After the classroom portion, the class will drive to our hands on location at a private ranch. Students will then make star trails on their own with the help of the instructor. If you arrive late to the class and find the store closed, please head to the auxiliary door on the north side of the building and ring the door bell. Someone will come to let you in the building.
* Students are responsible for their own transportation.
About the Instructor
Andrew is a self-taught photographer who comes from a software engineering background. On his very first trip with a camera, he discovered night photography and has never looked back. He developed his night photography skills through trial and error in environments from the near perfect darkness of west Texas to bright urban settings around Washington, D.C., and Austin. When not making night time images, Andrew is shooting for AzulOx Visuals making a variety of images from weddings, to architecture and everything in between. Andrew loves solving problems. But more than that, he loves sharing his knowledge with others and helping them grow.
You can contact Andrew with questions about the class at Andrew@AzulOx.com
12 Month Special Financing* Available
On purchases of $299 or more. In-store only with your Synchrony card.
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